Eau Claire health professional weighs in on vaping trend

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Vaping seems to be a dangerous, growing trend among teens, and the FDA wants to put a stop to it.

The FDA is launching a campaign against vaping and e-cigarettes, showing a parasite-like creature under the skin on the teens’ faces. Vaping likely won’t give you a parasite, but local health professionals agree with the idea of associating an ugly parasite with the effects vaping can have on your body.

Dusti Mielke, a respiratory therapist at HSHS Sacred Heart, told News 18 a common misconception about vaping is that it’s better for you than traditional cigarettes.

“Just because they have fun flavors like vanilla or chocolate or strawberry, doesn’t mean that they’re healthy, doesn’t mean that they’re good for you,” Mielke said. “They still contain chemicals that are foreign to the body.”

Mielke also said vaping is a newer trend, so there are not as many studies on the long-term effects, but said the chemicals in vape or e-cigs are just as harmful as those in cigarettes.

Samantha Wensel

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