As Millions More Vape, Health Effects Clouded in Uncertainty
VapingCrop.jpgE-cigarette and vape use have skyrocketed. About 10% of U.S. adults now vape, as the practice is called, almost four times more than the 2.6 percent reported in 2013. And that growth means big business: Sales are estimated at $10 billion for 2018 versus $1.2 billion in 2014, and are projected to grow about 25 percent annually through 2025. Many smokers view e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, avoid some of the associated health hazards, or as an alternative to smoking in public places that ban the practice. Many smokers view e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking traditional cigarettes or avoid some of the associated health hazards. However, not enough is known about the consequences of vaping to prove that e-cigarettes are safer.
- Vaping products are almost entirely unregulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Teens are the fastest growing population of vape users.
- Healthcare experts do not know the long-term effects of vaping.