School of Health Sciences
Health Promotion: Clinical Track
e-cigarette, public health, youth
Chemicals and Drugs
Yates, Miranda, "Electronic Cigarettes’ Health Effects on Young Adults: An Honors Thesis" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1135.
Hon Lik introduced e-cigarette use in 2003 as a “safe alternative” to smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, this message has been misinterpreted to mean that e-cigarette use is “harmless”. Recent studies have linked e-cigarette use to adverse health effects involving injury to the heart and lungs. Cigarette smokers using e-cigarettes to quit smoking and reduce second-hand smoke are being exposed to unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals. Teens who may never have considered cigarette smoking have been led to believe that e-cigarette use is safe and non-addictive. However, most e-cigarettes contain nicotine and unsuspecting teens are becoming addicted to this “fun” behavior. This thesis will review existing literature to compare the dangers of e-cigarette use also known as vaping with that of smoking cigarettes and discuss the specific dangers of this use to teens and young adults.