June 12, 2018 – Public Health and e-cigs


Anchor lead: Should the public health community change its ways on e-cigarettes? Elizabeth Tracey reports

Pubic health researchers have largely adopted the idea that e-cigarettes are less harmful than combustible cigarettes and therefore are preferable, but Enid Neptune, a lung expert and tobacco activist at Johns Hopkins, says these views have morphed into other conclusions by teenagers when considering vaping.

Neptune: The commentary by the public health community researchers that electronic cigarettes are healthier than combustible cigarettes has been transformed to the idea that they’re healthy. And the idea that they are less toxic than combustible cigarettes has been transformed to they’re nontoxic. And therefore they use these products thinking they’re healthy and also thinking that they do not have nicotine in them when Juuls have the highest content of nicotine among all e-liquids.  :34

Juuls in particular have taken the nation’s high schools by storm. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.