Statement of Michigan’s Family Physicians on Health Risks Associated with e-Cigarettes and Vaping

The following statement is attributed to Michigan Academy of Family Physicians President Keerthy Krishnamani, MD, MBA. 
As Michigan and other states are experiencing a surge in cases of critical respiratory illness associated with e-cigarettes and vaping, family physicians strongly urge individuals of all ages to refrain from using these products and devices. While the long-term safety data are not yet available on these relatively new products and devices, we do know that e-cigarettes and vapor contain harmful compounds—such as nicotine, heavy metals, and flavoring agents—confirmed to increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, as well as impair brain development in children and teens. We applaud Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s bold actions to protect Michigan’s youth from the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and vaping. 
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians has represented family physicians, family medicine resident physicians, and medical students in Michigan since 1948. Today it is the largest medical specialty association in the state, representing more than 4,200 members who serve primary healthcare needs in Michigan.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five medical office visits each year, more than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on whole-person, integrated, comprehensive care.