Many tout vaping as a healthy alternative to cigarette smoking, but health experts are now saying, “Not so fast.” In fact, the head of the FDA is calling teen vaping “an epidemic”.

Dr. Pushan Jani, pulmonologist with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and UTHealth, says “A lot of times you are still getting nicotine with these e-cigs and these e-cigs also contain the same cancer-causing compounds as regular cigarettes.”

Both e-cig and regular cigarette smoke contain certain chemical compounds like VOCs, PAHs, and TSNAs. All are known carcinogens.

Most e-cigs contain nicotine. One of the most popular brands is Juul. One pod has about the same number of puffs and the same amount of nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.

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