To vape or not to vape? Is vaping a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes?

April 17, 2023

Written by: Ahmed Abuzoor, MD | Family Medicine Resident (PGY-1)

It was a cool summer night, me and my family had just finished our dinner, and everything seemed so right. The way that cool summer breeze hit your face, you couldn’t help but close your eyes and take a deep breath to take it all in. That moment of tranquility would be brought to a halt as I felt sticky, warm steam enter my lungs. Oddly enough the smell was reminiscent of a grape lollipop.

When I turned around, I saw my younger cousins indulging in a vape pen and passing it amongst themselves. It made me reflect on how I hated seeing my father and uncles smoking cigarettes, because I knew each puff was slowly eating away at their lives. I couldn’t help but think to myself that the youth I saw around me had adopted those same habits with a technological upgrade.