Three Surprising Risks From Vaping

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We’ve described the risks of vaping (using e-cigarettes like JUUL). Recently, we talked with a scientific expert on vaping and learned some other ways that it could harm a person’s health.

We asked Dr. Kevin Walton—Chief of NIDA’s Clinical Research Grants Branch in the Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences, and an expert on the science behind vaping—about the risks it involves.

In this video, he explains the short-term and long-term risks of vaping:

He also describes some risks that you may not have heard before. In this video, he explains that while the chemicals in food flavorings you eat are very safe, inhaling some flavors in e-cigarette liquid can be dangerous:

Here’s another surprising risk. Dr. Walton reveals that heating the e-cigarette liquid can create toxic (poisonous) compounds that are inhaled by the user:

Plus, did you know that when a person vapes, they inhale some of the same harmful ingredients that are also in regular cigarettes? One of them is nicotine, which is very addictive.

The more we learn about vaping, the riskier it turns out to be.

Learn more: The latest on vaping-related illness and deaths.

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