What’s Up With Vaping? By Evan L Lipkis MD

Vaping usage has been rising rapidly especially in teenagers. Doctors have even been encouraging vaping for smoking cessation.

 

37% of high school students have tried vaping and many students in middle school have tried it as well.

 

Essentially this electronic cigarette is battery powered and heats up a liquid containing nicotine, flavorings and other potentially harmful substances. Marijuana users also vape only the liquid contains THC. 

 

The heating chamber converts the liquid to mist and then it is inhaled.

 

Nicotine is 10 times more addicting than heroin and we don’t know about all the potential harms of this device.

 

 

According to the CDC:

 

—There have been 3 deaths attributed to vaping. 1 death was reported in Illinois and 2 deaths were reported in Oregon.

 

—200 cases of severe lung disease have been reported in 22 states and are attributed to vaping. Most are in teens or young adults.

 

—Scientists are not sure if the lung damage is a result of heat, chemicals, a contaminant,’ allergy or an immune reaction.

 

—Symptoms begin gradually with shortness of breath and or chest pain which can proceed to more serious symptoms.

 

—-Right now there is no particular brand that causes the problem.

 

—-Nicotine is highly addicting and vaping as a teenager is associated with future smoking.

 

—Explosions have occurred upon recharging this device due to defective batteries.

 

—-Accidental nicotine poisoning has occurred due to child exposure to the nicotine liquid.

 

—-Vaping may help chronic smokers quit assuming that the subject is not vaping and smoking.

 

Dr’s. Rx:

 

Vaping is not a good idea for anyone unless, perhaps, you are trying to quit. It may even be more harmful to pregnant women. Our lungs are designed to inhale clean air. Even increases in particulate matter (pollution), can lead to cancer and heart disease.

 

Consider teaching your children about the hazards of smoking and vaping in grammar school.


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