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Are E-cigarettes Safe? No!

After the FDA declares vaping an "epidemic" among teens, what parents need to know about the dangers of e-cigarettes.



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What’s in an e-cigarette? 

While FDA action on e-cigarettes is expected this spring, vapes are not currently federally regulated, even if the packaging says otherwise. “We’re not 100 percent sure what’s going into these things,” says Dr. Bassett.

A label that promises “FDA-approved flavors and colors” refers to additives that have been FDA-approved to be consumed as food, not inhaled alongside nicotine, explains Dr. Emmett. 

“No testing has been done concluding that e-cigarettes are safe,” says Blumenfeld. Preliminary studies have shown negative health impacts, she notes. Because epidemiological studies take time to complete, information is lacking about vaping’s ultimate effect. Smoking opponents point out that it took nearly five decades to conclude that traditional cigarettes were unhealthy.

“We just don’t know what highly concentrated liquid nicotine will do long-term,” says Dr. Bassett. “But it’s a leap of faith to say it’s safe.” 

Suzanne Koup-Larsen is a contributing writer to MetroKids.

 

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