Malissa BarbosaCleanSlate’s own Malissa Barbosa, D.O. was included in a thought leadership piece in USA Today about the dangers of vaping. Reporter Jayne O’Donnell quoted Dr. Barbosa, Center Medical Director in Orlando, on the challenges people face when trying to quit vaping.

The article concentrates on new alternatives to vaping as a means of quitting nicotine use “as federal regulators and state legislators race to restrict electronic cigarettes.”

“Nicotine is highly addictive, and quitting presents its own risks of anxiety and depression. Vaping is more addictive than smoking because the concentrated liquid form is more quickly metabolized,” said Dr. Barbosa.

But its (vaping’s) use wasn’t a big concern at the FDA until the spike in vaping among non-smoking teens. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called it an “epidemic” for the first time last fall. Public health officials fear vaping could erase the huge public health gains in reducing smoking by turning a new generation of young people into nicotine addicts.

America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017.

Juliana Dalessandro

Juliana Dalessandro is the Manager of Organizational Culture & Engagement for CleanSlate, a leading national medical group that provides office-based outpatient medication treatment for the chronic disease of addiction, primarily alcohol and opioid use disorders.