Vaping: What’s the Risk?

Mango. Crème brûlée. Cucumber. Mint. No, these aren’t just ice cream flavors. They are some of the flavors enticing you to vape.

Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigs, vapes, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens and pod-based products, are everywhere. Some students believe the marketing that promotes e-cigs as a “safer, healthier” alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

But what are the facts, and what is yet unknown? Learn from Stanford experts, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, and Anna Lembke, MD, in our full report.


  • Ecigarettes are now smoked by millions of Americans, including an estimated 2 million teens — and use is continuing to surge.
  • “Safer” does not mean safe. Because e-cigarettes do not contain tar, some consider them safer than tobacco cigarettes. But e-cigarettes contain large quantities of nicotine, a highly addictive substance that is known to have an especially adverse impact upon the developing brains of individuals under the age of 25. (Yes, that includes college students.)
  • E-cigs are addictive. The nicotine level in e-cigarettes is significant, and addiction can occur quickly. Evidence indicates that this addiction increases the likelihood that a user will ultimately become a smoker of tobacco-based combustible cigarettes, known to cause cancer and other serious health impairments.
  • E-cigarettes also contain toxic flavorants and other chemicals.
  • Our conclusion: All e-cigarettes users are “vaping at their own risk.”

Stanford’s most fulfilled and successful students are often the healthiest, so please choose wisely!

Breaking news:
FDA Cracks Down On Juul And Other E-Cigarettes Marketed To Teens

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement his agency has seen “clear signs” that use of vaping devices has reached an “epidemic proportion.” Of specific concern are tobacco products flavored to resemble “kid-friendly” foods, the agency said. The FDA specifically targeted Vuse, Blu, Juul, MarkTen XL and Logic devices, which together represent the vast majority of the U.S. e-cigarette market. If the brands fail to comply with the order, the FDA may order their products taken off shelves.

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