Letter to the Editor

Vaping: Safer Than Smoking?

Authors: Paola Galan Villar, MD, Faysal Alhasan, MD, Steven Lippmann, MD


To the Editor: Vaping refers to the act of inhaling an aerosol produced by electronic cigarettes. These devices, also called e-cigarettes, are handheld instruments that heat a fluid to produce an aerosol, which is then inhaled. The fluids usually contain nicotine, a variety of toxic compounds, and sometimes flavorings to increase appeal.1

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