BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, smoking e-cigarettes or vaping may be poisoning the body with the same chemicals that make traditional cigarettes so deadly.
Researchers with the Florida Department of Health say Florida youth use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product.
However, local vape technician John Romero says they're much better for your health than traditional tobacco products.
"In vaping there are only three ingredients: the nicotine obviously, vegetable glycerin which is in a lot of things, the extract and propyleneglycol which is also in a lot of things like breathing inhalers, breathing treatments and stuff so it's actually very good for you," Vape Technician at Dr. Vape It John Romero said.
Other studies show flavored e-cigarettes produced even higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals, but Romero says that's not always the case.
"I have noticed that there are some that they're making that are starting to come out, like these salt e-juices which I'm not too fond of, stay away from that, but our flavors are just pure food extract so it's you know, caramel extract, the sweetener is actual glucose," Romero said.
He says many people vape to transition when quitting smoking and have seen significant changes in their health.
"I can tell you several people that have come in with testimonies on how much healthier they are, how much they can breathe better from vaping," He said.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worry that vaping can get teens addicted to nicotine and have the reverse affect, leading them to start smoking cigarettes.
The Florida Department of Health also says the use of e-cigarettes is on the rise. They say more than one in three Florida high schoolers reported trying one in 2017.