One of the biggest trends among high schools, college campuses, and on the street is vaping or using e-cigarettes. It’s marketed as and appears to be “healthier” than smoking cigarettes, though there are many facts that suggest otherwise and may not be as well known.

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Here are some quick facts:

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  • One Juul pod = 1 pack of cigarettes
  • Formaldehyde (the chemical used to preserve bodies for anatomy use) and antifreeze have been found as common ingredients in vapes and e-cigarettes
  • Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States
  • Tiny pieces of toxic metals (like lead or nickel) are inhaled each time you use a vape

The FDA also cannot claim:

  • The potential risks when used as intended. How much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use.
  • Whether there are any benefits of using them

And yes, this is the organization that is supposed to be regulating what is safe/unsafe for United States consumers.

Next time you think about how cool vaping looks, remember that no one really knows the ingredients you are actually smoking.

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Sources:

https://news.psu.edu/story/527326/2018/07/03/impact/medical-minute-hazards-juuling-or-vaping

https://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2018/study-lead-and-other-toxic-metals-found-in-e-cigarette-vapors.html

https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/vape-debate-electronic-cigarettes#2

https://www.centeronaddiction.org/e-cigarettes/tobacco-replacement/are-nicotine-free-e-cigarettes-harmful

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/adult_data/cig_smoking/index.htm

http://www.bu.edu/research/articles/behind-the-vapor/

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