Vaping, a type of tobacco-less smoking using an electronic cigarette, is becoming more common, especially among teens.
Unfortunately, it can also lead to addiction.
The National Academies of Sciences says e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and can lead teenagers to actual smoking.
Instead of tobacco, e-cigarettes burn a chemical liquid. The problem is, most of those chemicals are not regulated by the FDA.
in fact, we don`t even know what`s in most of them, and many do have nicotine... lots of nicotine. as much as 5 times the amount found in a normal cigarettes.
Morning Dose. spoke with addiction psychiatrist, Dr. Howard Urschel, who said he sees a lot of addiction related to e-cigarettes.
"We see probably 10-15% of our patients come in vaping marijuana," Urschel said. "Probably 80% of our patients come in for alcohol or heroin or methamphetamine. They're all vaping on the nicotine side."
Urschel also said that something about the chemicals in e-cigarettes may impact users' immune system, leading to sores that mimic cold sores - but don`t heal. They can spread down the throat and into the lungs.
On the flip side, the new study suggested that e-cigarettes are healthier than regular tobacco cigarettes, and may help smokers quit smoking altogether.