A growing debate: Is vaping hazardous?

A growing debate: Is vaping hazardous?
Mitchell Baker who works at the Vapour Place a vaping shop in Bedminster, exhales vapor produced by an e-cigarette on December 30, 2016 in Bristol, England.

WELLINGTON, Fla. — U.S. health officials say the rapidly expanding industry of e-cigarettes and vaping caters to children with a new unhealthy habit, tantalizing them with flavors such as Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream and brands like Devil’s Juice.

But those who vape say health officials are just carrying water for the tobacco and pharmaceutical companies, which make money from selling cigarettes and products that help people quit smoking.

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Representatives of the vaping industry -- a phenomena in its own right estimated to be worth $10 billion -- said it has been unfairly disparaged and that their nicotine delivery system is far safer than traditional tobacco, pointing to studies in England.

“This is a revolution,” Ryna Schalk of Wellington, Florida, told The Palm Beach Post. “There are people giving out misinformation about vaping because of Big Government, Big Tobacco and Big Pharma. Vaping is taking money out of their pocket.”

Read more about the growing vaping debate at the Palm Beach Post.