Vaping has undergone a surge in popularity in recent years, concerning many health professionals, especially because of its prevalence among younger demographics. In this video we discuss what vaping is and address some questions related to this topic, such as the whole debate around “Is vaping better or worse than smoking? and “What does the research currently say about its health risks and the mysterious vaping-related sickness that led to dozens of deaths in 2019?”.

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