Wednesday, December 17, 2014

KU Hospital: The Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes

Courtesy of the University of Kansas Hospital

KANSAS CITY, Kan.— New studies show electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens.

These e-cigarettes are not currently regulated the same as traditional tobacco products, and that may
be a problem, according to Stephen Thornton, MD, a toxicologist with The University of Kansas Hospital.

He says not only are they a poisoning danger for small children, who may swallow the liquid used in these devices, but the nicotine inside may be just as habit-forming as traditional cigarettes

In the video clips below, Dr. Thornton talks about the following:
  • Why e-cigarettes should be regulated by the FDA
  • Why it's necessary to restrict children from using them
  • What makes e-cigarettes so dangerous to children?
  • How easy is it for kids to become poisoned by these devices?
  • How does the vapor from e-cigarettes compare to traditional cigarette smoke?
  • Is second-hand vapor harmful?