GREENSBORO, N.C. -- At a time where vaping and e-cigarettes are more popular than ever, researchers say users are becoming younger. As usage increases, studies are underway to determine the impacts the vapors have on the human body, but those conducting the research say we’re still
half a decade away from substantial conclusions.
"I think I could go without it if I were to start slowing it down, but I don't think I could just stop,” said Greensboro resident Chris Short, who started vaping at age 18. "I've had people that I've known that tried to stop and it kind of made them sick, or withdrawal, or whatever you wanna call it."
As some are attempting to quit vaping, some of the most popular e-cigarettes have increasingly high nicotine content.
"Kids in my son's middle school, my daughter's high school, they vape. A lot of them are strongly addicted to these high-nicotine products,” said Sven-Eric Jordt, Ph.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke University School of Medicine.
Jordt tells FOX8 the nicotine content of e-cigarette JUUL is three times higher than previous e-cigarette models.
Your Choice Note:
One of the key points in this article is that we are still a long ways away from truly understanding the long term effects of e-cigarette use. Yet many claim that vaping is harmless. Please continue to have open conversations about the risks of nicotine addiction and the potential harm of e-cigarette use with your children.