What you need to know about teens and vaping – WRAL.com

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on UNC Health Care’s HealthTalk blog.

Smoking cigarettes has long been symbolic of teenage rebellion. But today, kids are more likely to be caught in a fog of vapor than a cloud of smoke.

That’s right—today’s teenagers are using e-cigarettes more than regular ones, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While decreased cigarette use by teens is a great development, says Dr. Adam Goldstein, director of Tobacco Intervention Programs at the UNC School of Medicine, there is reason to worry about e-cigarette use among teens.

First things first: What is vaping, and how do e-cigarettes work?

E-cigarettes, or vape pens, use a battery to heat a liquid tobacco product into a vapor. Vaping is the inhalation of this product. The liquid tobacco product, called “vape juice,” consists of nicotine, glycerin, propylene glycol and flavoring.

Is vaping these ingredients safe, for adults or teens?

First, it’s important to note that there is no safe tobacco use. Because of how recently e-cigarettes came on the market, and given how they have only recently begun to have any

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