Hold Off on Vaping — Too Little is Known to Consider It Safe

May 16th, 2017

By Dr. Larry Wolk

The use of e-cigarettes — or vaping — is skyrocketing in Colorado despite a lack of public information about the ingredients in these products or their effect on people’s health.

“With so little evidence available, consumers should hold off vaping until more is known.

But people are not holding off. Widespread marketing to young people — and the unproven notion that e-cigarettes are not harmful — has led to increasing sales. More young people are now vaping than smoking.

According to the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, cigarette smoking among high school students reached an all-time low of 8.6 percent, while e-cigarette use climbed to 26 percent. The proportion of adults in Colorado who have ever used e-cigarettes tripled from 6.9 percent to 22.8 percent from 2012 to 2015 while adult smoking rates held steady at around 17 percent, according to state health department data.”

Read the full article at The Denver Post