Study: Vaping is addictive, raises the risk of teen smoking
A new medical report released Tuesday found that vaping, like cigarettes, is addictive and could raise the risk of teens smoking.
A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says more than 11 percent of all high school students had used e-cigarettes within the past month – a total of nearly 1.7 million teens.
East Meadow pediatrician Dr. John Zaso says vaping is not only addictive, it's also dangerous.
"The main ingredient in vape is nicotine, which is the addictive component of cigarettes. So yes, it's gonna be just as addictive. There are other chemicals in there that actually can irritate the lungs as much if not worse than cigarettes," says Dr. Zaso.
Other critics say the flavored liquids lure adolescents to the habit, at a time when nicotine is especially hazardous to their brain development.
New York state law prohibits the sale of vaping products to minors.