Oral Health News

May 2018

To vape, or not to vape

There are actually a lot of questions when it comes to vaping. Perhaps most important: “Is vaping safe?”

The answer is that we don’t know. Many believe that vaping may be safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, but there is not enough research to say for sure. Vape products are habit-forming and are not yet regulated by the FDA.

What we do know:

  • E-cigarette use is on the rise among American youth. In 2017, nearly 30 percent of high school seniors, 14 percent of tenth graders, and 10 percent of eighth graders reported vaping.
  • Although 99 percent of e-cigarette products sold in 2015 contained nicotine, only 25 percent of teens reported vaping nicotine. This doesn't add up! Teens are unknowingly using nicotine!
  • 63 precent of JUUL* users did not know that it always contains nicotine. *JUUL is a popular vaping device that looks like a USB drive.
  • E-cigarette users are more than four times as likely to start smoking regular cigarettes within 18 months compared to young adults who don’t vape.
  • Nicotine in any form is highly addictive and changes the wiring of the reward pathways in the teenage brain. While smoking may make people feel calmer or more relaxed, it actually has the opposite effect on the body. Nicotine causes increased heart rate & blood pressure, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and affects thyroid, pituitary and sex hormones.
  • E-cigarettes appeal to kids because of their fun, often fruity, flavors.

More resources

Experts are calling out a vape pen with 'scary' nicotine levels that teens love — here's how it affects the brain

Smokefree Teen

Some e-cigarette ingredients are surprisingly more toxic than others

Public Health Division puts focus on e-cigarette that resembles flash drive

Young rats exposed to nicotine will drink more alcohol than those exposed during adulthood

Dangers don't deter vaping's appeal to teens

How nicotine works