Vaping and Lung Disease
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Even though we don't fully understand the health effects of vaping, two statistics are troubling. A 2019 poll shows that 8% of Americans had vaped in the last week. And the newest study reports that one-third of people who vaped had symptoms of damage to the lungs or the respiratory tract. These are large numbers of people using a product that may not be safe. It's even more concerning for high schoolers where a survey shows 28% of them had vaped in the past month

A term called EVALI stands for "e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury". The symptoms are cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or GI symptoms such as nausea. Some people report EVALI symptoms after vaping just a few days and others after a few weeks.

Even though the FDA warns that vaping is "not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products", many people believe otherwise. The FDA has also not approved vaping for smoking cessation even though that's how it's marketed.

In a study, 1,400 people who vaped were asked to list the devices and products they used and report any symptoms. More than half had one or more symptoms. Those who used commercial disposable e-cigarettes fared better than users who modify their products or vape flavored ones.

It is not clear what in the vaping liquid is responsible, the nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol, flavorings and/or additives. So, stop vaping. It cannot be worth your health.

For more information…

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