“I am officially declaring e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic… I do not use that word lightly.”
Every provider at Loma Linda University Health can tell you how important it is to keep your lungs healthy. Our lung specialists, like Dr. Laren Tan, see patients every day who suffer from debilitating lung issues caused by smoking. Dr. Tan has started to see similar issues in patients who vape.
As smoking has declined dramatically in the U.S., vaping has gained tremendous popularity very quickly. This is especially true among teens. A 2018 study reported 20% of high schoolers vaped at least once in the past 30 days. About the same amount of boys and girls vape.
Keep reading to learn more about vaping and how it’s affecting young people.
Smoking's health effects took decades to uncover. Vaping's effects could too.