Health and Medicine

Why underestimating the health effects of vaping is a bad idea

UNC School of Medicine toxicologist Ilona Jaspers explains the science of inhaling vapor from e-cigarette products and why we should not compare vaping or "juuling" to smoking.

With the FDA considering stricter rules regarding the sale of e-cigarette products such as Juul, we take a look at the science of vaping with UNC School of Medicine toxicologist Ilona Jaspers, professor of pediatrics, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and director of the UNC Toxicology Program with a joint appointment at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Jaspers has been a featured expert in several national media outlets, including the New York Times, for her research on the health effects of e-cigarettes. She’s also a mother of two teenagers. She gives talks at North Carolina schools to explain vaping to a population of young people who are more at risk of using addictive e-cigarettes as their first nicotine product than they are of vaping as a means to quit smoking.