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March 30, 2018 06:15 PM

Real Or Fake: Do Electronic Cigarettes Cause Harm?

As Electronic Cigarettes continue to grow in popularity among young people so are concerns about how healthy they are, especially for your teenagers. 

E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among teens in the United States. In 2016, the FDA estimated more than 2 million middle and high school students used them. 

Many believe vaping is a healthier alternative to smoking.

"I prefer this because it does less harm to me it feels like," Rose Dean said.

E-cigarettes and vaping have also been the focus of a number of social media claims. 
A story spread earlier this year that JUUL brand e-cigarette caused lung cancer in four students. 

The story is fake. But the dangers of e-cigarettes are real.

"Electronic cigarettes generate nicotine in the vapor. And nicotine is a toxin to the growing, developing brain," Dr. John Spangler with Lake Forest Baptist Medical Center said. 

 The reality is.. 

 "The public doesn't know anything about the safety of these new devices," pharmacologist and project manager at a UNC research lab Flori Sassano said.

Health experts say that it will take years to determine the long term effects. 

New research just released by scientists at the University of California compared teens who vaped with teens who didn't and found cancer-causing compounds in the urine of those who used e-cigarettes.
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