This doctor is warning against using those Elf and Geek bars you've seen all over TikTok

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If you've been out to a pub, club or bar as of late, or even just scrolling through TikTok, it's likely you'll have seen a few (read: a lot) of people with a colourful, disposable vape in their hands. With a range of flavours including banana, blue raspberry, cola and cotton candy, and with prices as low as £4, it's easy to see why more and more people find themselves picking up an Elf or Geek bar – particularly when they're splashed all over social media. And, the statistics back this up, with a recent study revealing that the number of e-cigarette users is increasing, rising to 3.6 million users last year.

But, like smoking traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vapes come with risks, which one doctor took to social media to raise awareness of. Sharing a video with his 22.7k TikTok followers, Dr Onkar Mudhar warned viewers against using the viral, disposable vapes they've seen all over their timelines. "Don't do it" the expert wrote in the caption, following up in the clip by saying "If you use Geek or Elf bars, it's bad news."

Dr Mudhar continued: "Smoking a whole Geek or Elf bar is the equivalent of about 48 to 50 cigarettes. Both of these [bars] contain two milligrams of nicotine salt, so [the] equivalent 20 milligrams of nicotine."

As we all know, nicotine is highly addictive, but that's not the only thing about disposable vapes that's cause for concern. "Not only is nicotine in these devices super addictive, it also puts you at risk of developing gum disease, dry mouth, tooth decay and early tooth loss," he points out. "Furthermore, they can also cause bad breath. So try and avoid these at all costs."

His informative video has already racked up over 55k likes, with plenty of TikTokers taking to the comments section to thank the doctor for highlighting the dangers of these seemingly harmless bars. "How are people defending vapes?" questioned one person, with another adding "Vapes aren't classy or cool".

Others echoed the expert's concerns about how addictive and risky smoking disposable vapes can be, "I used two of them in two weeks, I haven't bought any since but I think I am addicted" commented one follower, while someone else said: "I used to vape... and now I know why I have tooth decay."

For more information on how to quit smoking/vaping, or to reach out for support, download the free NHS Quit Smoking app or contact the British Lung Foundation's helpline, here.

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