Ask the Expert: What kind of impact does vaping have on health?
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local healthcare providers have an important warning if you vape.
A recent survey showed almost four in 10 people don't realize the amount of nicotine in vaping is often double of what is in a cigarette. St. Elizabeth Healthcare experts told Local 12 more about the potential risks of products, such as JUUL, on the market now.
Joyce Jacobs is a tobacco treatment specialist with St. Elizabeth. She says many people think there is nothing to vaping but flavor and water, but she says the high nicotine level causes people to become addicted much quicker.
Jacobs says there isn't any water in it, but there is oil, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol and flavorant. She says the propylene glycol is basically antifreeze.
"All these flavors, all the products have been approved by the FDA in small amounts for food, but they have not been approved for us to inhale," Jacobs said.
Jacobs also says the risk to your health from vaping may be worse than cigarettes.
"They haven't been out long enough that have studies that prove it, but we know what cigarettes do and we know that the electronic cigarettes, the ones that have been around for a long time, they increase your risk of heart disease, increase your risk of lung problems, so we think the JUUL is going to be even worse."
Jacobs says if you want to quit these, you need to taper down. For people who use the patch to quit vaping, because of the higher nicotine levels, you sometimes need two patches.