Post #29 Vaping!
In Podcast Episode #24, Erica hosts the discussion about this dangerous practice.
https://youtu.be/0Pwj6BuS8Ds Smoking is bad for you, we all know that. Vaping or E-cigarettes were introduced as possibly healthier alternatives to smoking...or at least a way to help smokers quit. Until the recent deaths and lung illnesses, I thought vaping was safe for you. I thought it was just water vapor and flavoring. Well, ugh no!
Turns out there have been patents for smokeless, heated, vapor-based tools for inhalation since the 1930s. Vaping as we know it now is similar to a patent that was granted back in 1965. It took until the 2000s for the modern e-cigarette to be born, and until 2014 for vaping to explode in popularity.
Basically, the tool heats a cartridge of flavored nicotine or cannabis based liquid. That's what you're inhaling...E-liquid or the vape juice. This mixture used in vaping products typically contain propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, flavorings, additives, and differing amounts of contaminants. This combination's long term effects aren’t well known, especially once it's been heated and inhaled. Vaping is showing to be just as dangerous, if not more so, than regular cigarettes!
Any Benefits to Vaping?
Other the fact there isn't any tar in vape cigarettes, No! Even for smoking cessation vaping barely makes the list of best ways to stop. Also, e-cigarettes can deliver way more nicotine than a regular cigarette...so quitting vaping can be even harder.
As of October 3, 2019, The CDC says the number of vaping-related lung injury cases has jumped to 1,080 and deaths to 18, but the specific causes of the illnesses are still not clear. Initially, oils from the vaping liquid coating the lungs was thought to be the main culprit, but now the Mayo Clinic has found "toxic chemical fumes" may be the true issue.
The Vapor-Related Illnesses and deaths can range from lipoid pneumonia to hemorrhaging of the lungs. Many patients do recover after a few days or weeks, usually with permanent damage to their lungs. Many will also need ventilation or intubation, a tube inserted to help them breathe. Some will even require extracorporeal membrane oxygen (ECMO), which is a machine that pumps blood outside of the body because the heart and lungs need to rest.
Why so many cases now?
Well, the symptoms may have been overlooked until enough similarities between patients were discovered. Now doctors know what to look for. Many medical professionals and investigators now believe, is that "something new, such as an additive or toxin" has been introduced to either the liquid or the devices that wasn't used when vaping first became popular.
Right now, scientists do not have a specific cause!
Don't let anyone tell you they know with absolute certainty which chemical is doing so much damage.
Symptoms to Look For:
shortness of breath difficulty breathing chest pain and/or tightness
coughing vomiting diarrhea
abdominal pain fatigue
weight loss feeling like you have a respiratory infection
The Bottom Line...
Absolutely No version of Vaping is safe Right Now...nicotine-based, cannabis-based, flavored or unflavored. All devices - major market, knock offs, or altered...Can All Be Dangerous. If you or someone you know uses e-cigarettes, the CDC strongly recommends STOPPING NOW!!! And don't think for a second that Second-Hand Vaping can't hurt you.
Inhaling Second-Hand Vapor is just as dangerous!
Give Medical Science Time to Find the Facts.
You are too precious to be any fad's toxic test case.