Photo of Hiren Mehta, MD, MBA
Hiren Mehta, MD, MBA

Every 150 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with lung cancer.  It is the deadliest type of cancer among both men and women in the US and North Carolina. While many people believe vaping is a safe alternative to smoking, studies are showing that is not the case.

UNC REX Cancer Center and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center recently sponsored a webinar  with REX Pulmonary Specialists’ Dr. Hiren Mehtaon vaping and its associated risk with lung cancer.  The talk was part of UNC Lineberger’s monthly Cancer Conversations series.

Mehta joined UNC REX Healthcare three years ago. He is the chairman of the multidisciplinary tumor board, medical director of the lung nodule program and directs the UNC REX thoracic multidisciplinary tumor board. Mehta also is a member of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina’s board of directors, the state’s largest non-profit patient advocacy group.

Mehta’s talk addressed common misperceptions that e-cigarettes and vaping are safe and highlighted known risks factors associated with using these devices, including higher rates of heart disease and lung cancer. The webinar is available online to the public at no cost. It is intended for a non-medical audience and is appropriate for all age groups, including high school students.  The webinar may be viewed at

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill is internationally recognized in the study, prevention and treatment of lung cancer. Groundbreaking discoveries made in UNC Lineberger laboratories have led to new approaches to understanding and treating lung cancer. Information and insights gained in the clinics and the community, conversely, help inform laboratory studies.


The information is provided by UNC Cancer Network’s Outreach Program, which was developed by UNC Lineberger to provide information and support for residents of North Carolina communities where the burden of cancer hits the hardest. This includes the disadvantaged and medically underserved. This program offers Cancer Conversations, a free monthly education program about cancer risk, early detection, treatment, and survival. It is strengthened by the skilled and dedicated community partners, including hospitals and community cancer centers, health departments, libraries and nonprofits organizations, that share a common goal of reducing cancer-related disparities in North Carolina.