Cardiopulmonary Consequences of Vaping in Adolescents

Published: June 21, 2022

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  • Although the FDA has not approved e-cigarettes as a tobacco cessation aid, industry has at times positioned their products in that way. Their use has increased significantly within the last decade, with new types of products entering the marketplace. Thus, more understanding of the respiratory and cardiovascular consequences of e-cigarettes is needed.
  • These products are increasingly used by youth and young adults, but due to their more recent appearance on the market, long-term epidemiologic studies are not available. In addition, preclinical studies of e-cigarette effects on naïve organ systems have mainly used adult animals which makes translation of health effects to adolescents difficult.
  • The goal of this scientific statement is to provide background on the cardiopulmonary consequences of e-cigarette use (vaping) in adolescents, and to guide therapeutic strategies and inform public policy makers on the short- and long-term risks of vaping.