What are the consequences of vaping?

What are the consequences of vaping?

As healthcare professionals, clinicians play a crucial role in promoting the health and well-being of their patients. While many clinicians may feel confident advising patients about smoking, they may be less knowledgeable about vaping. However, it is essential for clinicians to be able to provide brief advice on vaping, just as they do about smoking. In this article, we will explore the importance of discussing vaping¹ with patients and provide some key points to consider.

Long-Term Effects and Safety

When it comes to vaping, the long-term effects are still largely unknown. However, current evidence suggests that vaping is likely safer than smoking but not safer than not smoking at all. It is important for clinicians to convey this information to their patients, highlighting the potential risks associated with vaping.

Toxic Flavors to Avoid

While vaping may be a safer alternative to smoking, not all vaping products are created equal. Clinicians should advise their patients to avoid cinnamon and buttery flavors, as these have been found to be toxic. By educating patients about the potential dangers of certain flavors, clinicians can help them make informed decisions about their vaping habits.

Choosing the Right Elements

Another important aspect to consider when discussing vaping with patients is the choice of elements used in vaping devices. Clinicians should inform their patients to avoid coils that contain chromium, lead, copper, or nickel. Instead, stainless steel coils are recommended. However, it is important to note that the labeling of vaping products can be opaque, so it is best for patients to change their coils weekly to minimize potential risks.

Reducing Nicotine Use

Lastly, clinicians should emphasize the importance of reducing and eventually coming off nicotine in the long term. Prolonged use of nicotine² through vaping has been associated with an increased risk of heart failure. By providing brief advice on gradually reducing nicotine intake, clinicians can support their patients in making healthier choices for their overall well-being.

In conclusion, while clinicians may feel less confident advising patients about vaping compared to smoking, it is crucial for them to provide brief advice on this topic. By discussing the long-term effects, toxic flavors to avoid, choosing the right elements, and reducing nicotine use, clinicians can empower their patients to make informed decisions about their vaping habits. As healthcare professionals, it is our responsibility to stay informed and educate our patients on all aspects of their health, including vaping.


1. The Risks of Vaping | NIH

2. Nicotine | VeryWellHealth 

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