Vaping: The new wave of nicotine addiction

Cleve Clin J Med. 2019 Dec;86(12):789-798. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.86a.19118.


Vaping devices, introduced to the US market in 2007 as aids for smoking cessation, have become popular among youth and young adults because of their enticing flavors and perceived lack of negative health effects. However, evidence is emerging that vaping may introduce high levels of dangerous chemicals into the body and cause severe lung injury and death. This article reviews the history and prevalence of vaping and available research on its health effects and efficacy in smoking cessation, and proposes recommendations for clinicians and legislators to reduce harms associated with vaping.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Behavior, Addictive* / etiology
  • Behavior, Addictive* / prevention & control
  • Behavior, Addictive* / psychology
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems*
  • Humans
  • United States
  • Vaping* / adverse effects
  • Vaping* / epidemiology
  • Vaping* / prevention & control
  • Vaping* / psychology