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WHY IS VAPING SO POPULAR?
Vaping has taken high school students by storm. Here are a few reasons for its recent
boom, according to Nan McCormick, RN, a Northside Hospital thoracic nurse navigator,
and Prasad Garimella, MD, a pulmonologist with Northside Hospital:
3 Their USB-style appearance makes them easily concealable.
3 Their connection to technology makes them seem more like a gadget and less like
a vaping device.
3 Their sweet, dessertlike flavors are appealing to teenagers and first-time smokers.
3 Their disassociation with tobacco cigarettes causes users to believe they're
not addictive.
3 Their high levels of nicotine are easily absorbed and encourage greater amounts
of smoking per day.
"Vaping isn't a harmless habit," Dr. Garimella says. "There are a number of chemicals
in e-cigarettes that can damage cells, alter brain chemistry and potentially cause cancer."

not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not
use FDA-approved cessation
medications. These individuals should be encouraged
to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product
possible; switching to the
exclusive use of e-cigarettes
is preferable to continuing
to smoke combustible products," the American Cancer
Society notes in its position
statement on e-cigs. "Of
course, these individuals
should be regularly advised
to completely quit using all
tobacco products."
Smoking even a few conventional cigarettes a day
has a well-documented
relationship to significant increases in the risk

of cancer and heart disease. The long-term health
effects of vaping are
not known.
Douglas says it's important to note that the cessation discussion only applies
to adults, not to youths,
who are particularly vulnerable to nicotine in any form.

TRUE OR FALSE:

Chemicals used to
flavor e-cigarettes
can be harmful.
TRUE. Some chemicals
found in e-cigs can pose
problems, Douglas says. For
example, some e-cig flavoring contains the chemical
diacetyl, which is linked to a
serious lung disease commonly called popcorn lung.

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That disease (bronchiolitis
obliterans) damages small
airways in the lungs, causing
coughing and shortness
of breath.
E-cigs also can contain
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are
linked to adverse health
effects ranging from eye,
nose and throat irritation
to liver and kidney damage. The FDA has warned
that some people who
vape-particularly young
people-experienced seizures afterward.
One of the biggest concerns about vaping is that
it's not yet well-studied.
Experts do not have a thorough understanding of
what chemicals make up the

vapor and what effect they
might have on health.

TRUE OR FALSE:

Vaping is not associated with other
tobacco product use.
FALSE. When it comes
to adults, the connection
between vaping and other
tobacco use involves a high
rate of dual usage-smoking
conventional cigarettes and
also vaping.
Among young people,

those who vape are more
likely to progress to smoking conventional cigarettes,
Douglas says.
"That raises a significant
concern, because vaping is
harmful, but cigarette smoking is exponentially worse." ■

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