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Updated: Jul 22, 2023

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to heart and respiratory diseases and cancer. - American Heart Association

Heart diseases, such has coronary heart disease and heart failure, are more common in African Americans than other ethnic groups — and so are the other cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and peripheral artery disease. The reason for this is multifactorial: hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity and sleep disorders, are more common in African Americans even at a young age. Other social and economic factors are: Cost barriers to quality health care, higher uninsured rate, low level of education, higher poverty rate, poor diet quality, availability of nutritious and healthful food in the neighborhood, low adherence to recommended physical activity due to working two or more low paying jobs with no time for exercise. These social and economic factors, along with other environmental determinants of health, can negatively impact a person’s well-being, and lead to conditions like heart disease.

More tobacco, cbd, and vape stores have opened overwhelmingly in poor, underserved, and marginalized communities that also host the highest number of criminal and violent crime activity. These factors are why we should guard our youth from patronizing in these "corner stores" that sell to them with little accountability. School-age youth are a target to the cheap access to these detrimental facts that will affect them as they grow into adulthood.

Buyer, Be Aware.

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