SAQ: Your vaping, e-cigarette questions answered

Q&A livestream with local doctor Wednesday

SAN ANTONIO – Reports of serious complications and  deaths related to vaping and e-cigarettes have many talking and raising health concerns about the products. 

As of Oct. 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 35 deaths among 1,604 cases of vaping-related injuries. 

RELATED: 2 severe cases of lung disease related to vaping being investigated in Bexar Co. 

With still so much we don't know about vaping and its effects, we've sorted out the facts from the fiction.

Here are some facts every person needs to know:

  •  E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air. They come in many shapes and sizes, and some look like USB flash drives and everyday items. 
  • According to the CDC, most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, in addition to other harmful substances. 
  • E-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional smoking, but it is still bad for your health. According to Michael Blaha, M.D., M.P.H., director of clinical research at the John Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, there's all kinds of things entering your body when you vape, and a lot of them aren't regulated or well understood. 
  • Vaping is also a very popular method of marijuana use. According to a recent CDC report, most people who died of vaping-linked disease used e-cigarettes containing THC.
  • Vaping is popular among teens and Gen-Z adults. According to the surgeon general, use of e-cigarettes among younger people has grown dramatically in the last five years. Today, more high school students use e-cigarettes than cigarettes. In 2018, 1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes. 

Related: Young San Antonians weigh in after vaping-related lung disease found in Bexar Co. 

  • Although vaping may have been marketed as such, e-cigarettes have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as smoking cessation devices. 


On Wednesday, Thomas Gowan, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Department medical director at North Central, Baptist Hospital will join Erica Hernandez for a livestream to answer viewer questions about e-cigarettes and vaping. You can still submit your questions below.


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