Q: Is vaping bad for you?

A: The short answer is yes.  Lung injury is becoming more and more common in users of vaping products.

In theory, these products were created to be a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, but vaping still has harmful effects.

Users are still inhaling substances other than oxygen into their lungs.

Q: Is vaping safer than smoking cigarettes?

A: Vaping was originally created to be a risk reduction strategy for tobacco smokers, but when looking at the damage that it causes to the lungs there is very little difference.

Vaping weakens the immune system, creating greater risk for having bacterial infections such as pneumonias.

It also causes cells to break down and release free radicals, which have been known to lead to cancer formation.

Q: Smoking verses vaping, what are the differences?

A: Overall, there’s not much difference between smoking and vaping.

Commonly, smoking was thought to be more harmful because the product is being burnt and smoke inhaled into the lungs.

But we’re finding very similar damage from heating up vaping solutions and inhaling that vapor into the lungs. 

Q: Can you vape without nicotine or THC?

A: Products that are labeled zero nicotine can have some degree of nicotine in them.

There are no FDA regulations at this time specifically outlining the contents of what's in e-juice or liquid nicotine.

Q: How do you quit vaping?

A: Youth brains are very susceptible to nicotine. That makes nicotine highly addictive for them, unlike their older counterparts.

Many vape products have higher amounts of nicotine which can make it even harder for youth to quit.

Teenagers need a lot of care to quit using these products.

There are resources in the state that provide access to nicotine satiation specialists.

Meeting with a doctor that is skilled or comfortable in helping youth stop smoking through nicotine replacement items such as patches or potentially medications could be a good place to start.

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