The Dangers of Vaping: Part 1

Is it really safer than smoking? The CDC and other organizations are taking a closer look.


Kourtney Masterson

A display stand of various vaping products at a gas station.

This article is the first in the series “The Dangers of Vaping” – stay tuned for part two, coming soon.

Vaping has become alarmingly popular among high schoolers. According to the CDC, rates have risen to as high as “1 in 4 among high schoolers”. Recently, there have been countless cases of an illness that is similar to viral or bacterial pneumonia wreaking havoc on the country. It is an illness that is believed to be caused by harmful substances that are contained in the liquid used in e-cigarette products. On September 10, there was another death caused by a rapidly progressing lung disease that has been confirmed to have been caused by the use of e-cigarettes. This epidemic has caused 6 deaths and over 450 confirmed cases across 33 states and one U.S. territory. It has affected all ages and demographics, but mostly healthy young men.

The CDC has become involved in the situation; opening an investigation into the potential health risks behind vaping. On August 30, a representative of the CDC was quoted saying, “While this investigation is ongoing, if you are concerned about these specific health risks, consider refraining from using e-cigarette products.” This statement allowed the CDC to reassure the public with an unbiased view, giving credit to the industry under investigation on the chance that the disease is actually not caused by vaping. Approximately 9 million adult consumers in the United States use e-cigarettes or vape products. This figure does not include the number of consumers who use these products illegally, which has become a cause for concern.

Without regulation, it is very concerning how popular vaping has become. I believe that while regulation is needed, it will not stop all users from quitting. President Trump has begun to make headway into moderating the use of e-cigarette products.