The “vaping community,” or e-cigarette enthusiasts, are an up-and-coming subculture that seems to have no fear. The shocking fact is e-cigarettes have not been fully studied, yet that’s not stopping Americans from using these battery-powered devices.
Electronic or e-cigarettes, also known as electronic vaping devices, simulate tobacco smoking. They contain a heating element that vaporizes liquids to include nicotine and other chemicals, and then are inhaled.
E-cigarettes are rapidly growing in popularity with an estimated four million Americans using these devices. More alarming is the growth in young buyers. The rate at which middle and high school students were buying these products more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.
According to Ryan Carrick, M.D., pulmonologist with Piedmont Physicians Georgia Lung, “The two most concerning issues with e-cigarettes is the manner in which they are being marketed without regulations, and the marketing and sales of these devices being profit-oriented.”
Dr. Carrick also highlights these red flags:
Because these products are still relatively new on the market, consumers should be aware of the known facts as well as some unknown concerns.
“When a patient comes to me with a desire to quit smoking, e-cigarettes are not part of the program. I can’t guarantee them that they will not experience complications down the road from these products,” said Dr. Carrick. “There are other smoking cessation plans that have been through rigorous testing and shown to be safe and effective.”
Piedmont Healthcare offers several ongoing smoking cessation programs. For more information or to register for classes:
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital: 1-866-900-4321
Piedmont Fayette Hospital: 1-866-900-4321
Piedmont Newnan Hospital: 1-866-900-4321
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital: 706-301-5516
Piedmont Henry Hospital: 678-604-1040