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Vaping has become more common in recent years. Approximately 6% of adults in the U.S alone vape. This number is double what it was in 2018. Most people prefer vaping to regular cigarettes due to fewer health problems. However, vaping is not entirely risk-free and can cause many health issues.

In a recent announcement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed the R.J Reynolds Vapor Company to sell the Vuse Solo device to adults. The Vuse Solo device comes with vaping liquid flavored with tobacco.

However, the FDA refused to authorize ten other flavored vaping products RJ Reynolds made. Moreover, the regulator has prohibited authorization from over a million other flavored vaping products from more companies.

The company could lose permission under certain conditions 

The news comes as a surprise for many people as the number of teenagers using these products increases. Despite this, the FDA has stated that it has not approved any vaping products or declared them safe.

Moreover, the regulator has stated that it will reverse authorization if the company directly markets its products to young people. In addition, R.J Reynolds will lose permission if it fails to comply with requirements that call for extensive monitoring. They will also lose their license if there is an increased number of teens who did not previously use the products vaping.

Studies that support vaping

The FDA authorized vaping products after R.J Reynolds provided evidence that it could help individuals stop smoking. Previous studies have supported this claim. For instance, an analysis of 61 papers concluded that e-cigarettes were more effective than other methods when it came to helping people quit.

The study showed that 9-14 out of 100 people who used vaping to quit smoking were successful. In contrast, only 4-7 of those who used behavioral therapy or nicotine patches could stop. An additional study showed that using e-cigarettes helped smokers reduce the number of cigarettes they smoked daily.

Although vaping is less harmful than smoking, it still raises concerns. For example, nicotine is still highly addictive even when taken through e-cigarettes. Additionally, the amount of nicotine used in vaping is higher.

Vaping can also make people more likely to develop lung problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema.