Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid (usually containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals) to produce an aerosol, which is then inhaled.
Vaping has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of high school students using e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2017 to 2018.
There are many different types of e-cigarettes and vaping devices on the market, ranging from small, disposable e-cigarettes to larger, refillable devices. Some look like traditional cigarettes, while others are more modern and high-tech in appearance.
One of the main reasons people start vaping is to try to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes are often marketed as a safer alternative to smoking, as they do not produce tar or other harmful substances found in cigarette smoke. However, it is important to note that e-cigarettes are not completely without risk. The vapor produced by e-cigarettes can contain a variety of potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals.
In addition, there have been several cases of severe lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes, including a condition known as “vaping-associated lung injury” (VALI). While the exact cause of VALI is not yet fully understood, it is thought to be related to the chemicals and additives found in some e-cigarette liquids.
It is important to be aware of the potential risks of vaping and to use caution when using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices. If you are trying to quit smoking, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about the best ways to do so. There are several FDA-approved medications and therapies that can help you quit smoking, and your healthcare provider can help you choose the one that is best for you.