Study shows college students don’t believe vaping socially is risky

SAINT PAUL, MN — A new study sheds light on how college students feel about e-cigarettes.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota conducted four focus groups with students who were not daily e-cigarette users.

The students reported that social use was acceptable and not risky, but everyday use was frowned upon. They also reported feeling that while their family wouldn’t approve of them vaping, they would prefer it over regular cigarettes.

The students also felt they could control whether or not they would become addicted.

E-cigarettes heat up liquid inside the device, which is then inhaled as vapor. While they typically contain less chemicals than cigarettes, the liquids in vaping may still have harmful and addictive substances such as nicotine, flavoring agents and carcinogens.

Vaping has drastically increased in popularity among younger generations. So much so, that in December, the Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a warning that “e-cigarette use (vaping) among youth is an epidemic in the United States.”

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