Is vaping safer than smoking?

Jasprit S. Takher, MD
Internal Medicine
The jury is still out, and more data is needed to determine whether smoking cigarettes is more harmful than vaping. In this video, Jasprit Takher, MD, a practicing internist from MountainView Hospital, explains more.
Samantha Reid
Health Education
Vaping is not known to be safer than smoking. E-cigarettes and vaping are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (just like tobacco products). This means that the chemicals used are not regulated and therefore, no one really knows what is in these products. Some of the chemicals found in them have been proven to cause lung cancer and other diseases or issues.
Currently, there is no research that proves that vaping is safer than smoking. Early studies have shown that vaping products may contain more nicotine and carcinogenic agents than cigarettes. Be wary of information distributed by vaping companies. This is concerning as many patients are using e-cigarettes or other vaping tools in an attempt to stop smoking. If you are considering e-cigarettes, discuss it with your healthcare provider.
Elwyn C. Cabebe, MD
Hematology & Oncology
It's still not known if vaping rather than smoking cigarettes reduces the risk of lung cancer, says oncologist Elwyn Cabebe, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. In this video, Dr. Cabebe explains what current research says about lung cancer and vaping.

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