To Vape or Not to Vape? Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

August 30, 2018

To Vape Or
Not To Vape?

Approx. 1 out of 8 U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. A new study says e-cigarette use is on the rise, especially among young people.

What’s “Safe”?

According to new U.S. study of self-reported e-cigarette smokers 18+:

“The most common pattern of use in the U.S. is dual use, i.e. current use of both traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.”

Dr. Michael Blaha, study co-author
  • Nearly 1 in 20 adults vape with 1 in 3 e-cigarette users vaping daily
  • 15% never smoked cigarettes
  • More than 50% are below 35


E-cigarettes are NOT an FDA-approved quit smoking aid.

E-cigarettes are considered a “tobacco product” because they contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and derived from tobacco.

“E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than the deadly mix of 7,000 chemicals in smoke from regular cigarettes. However, e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents.”


E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. adolescents. According to a 2018 National Academy of Medicine report, e-cigarette use in adolescence increases the frequency & quantity of future cigarette smoking.

by Jenna Lee,