If you're puffing on an disposable vape as you read this, you might want to set that vape pipe down. disposable vape that contain nicotine are addictive and increase a young person’s odds of using regular cigarettes, according to a new report. On the flip side, they may help wean adult smokers off regular cigarettes.
After an in-depth review of more than 800 studies on e-cigarettes by a national panel of public health experts, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine published a report Tuesday that says there is conclusive evidence showing most e-cigarette products contain and emit a variety of potentially toxic substances.
Here are 7 other key takeaways from the report:
Millions of Americans use e-cigarettes — a liquid (also called e-liquid, e-juice, and vape-juice) that’s heated up into an aerosol and inhaled by users. That includes almost 1.7 million high school students who reported using e-cigarettes within the past month, the report said. E-cigs contain nicotine, other chemicals and flavors — their big selling point for many young people — with names such as bubble gum, strawberry shortcake, cinnamon, and ambrosia.
In another story about the new report by the New York Times, the author notes, If a vaper wanted to avoid a particular chemical, they’d have a hard time figuring out which flavors contain certain chemicals and which ones don’t.
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The jury has been out on whether e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to later using and becoming addicted to full-blown tobacco products, especially in young people. Although individual studies have suggested vaping is addictive, the report commissioned by the FDA at the request of Congress clarified things further. NPR noted that 15 of the studies reviewed by the NSA showed that when teens and young adults use e-cigarettes, they are more likely to try regular tobacco within a year.
While this week’s report offers many new insights about e-cigarette use, it’ll take more research to clear away all of the smoke and get to deeper answers about the long-term health effects of vaping, the experts say.
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Eaton also spoke with the New York Times, saying, “When it got down to answering the questions about what the impacts on health are, there is still a lot to be learned.”
He added, “E-cigarettes cannot be simply categorized as either beneficial or harmful.”