What is Vaping?
Vaping means inhaling vapor containing nicotine. Vaping products, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that are used to heat a liquid into a vapor called aerosol so that the user can inhale it.
The liquid which is usually heated in the e-cigarette typically includes highly addictive drugs like Nicotine, Propylene Glycol, vegetable glycerine, Marijuana, and other potentially harmful or addictive drugs.
Things to Note About Vaping
Given the increase in the number of people vaping and using these e-cigarettes, it’s important to know what it’s about. So, what are the adverse effects of vaping? How does it affect your lungs? Read on and see for yourself!
1. Vaping may drastically increase your risk of developing a nicotine addiction.
2. Another negative effect of vaping includes the chance of worsening already existing lung conditions like lung cancer, asthma, COPD amongst others.
3. Vaping may also lead to short-term symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to pay a visit to the lung doctor, as these may be signs of lung damage or any lung disease like lung cancer.
4. Breathing in the harmful chemicals that are released from vaping products, apart from worsening conditions like asthma, may also cause irreversible health damage
Some of the other chemicals found in vaping products may also lead to cardiovascular disease and changes that might be related to the development of cancer.
5. Pregnant women, people who have quit smoking, non-smokers, and young people should avoid vaping altogether.
6. Since e-cigarettes are battery-powered, there have been reports of burns that have been caused by the explosion of the devices, probably due to faulty batteries.
7. Accidental exposure to the liquids found in e-cigarettes could also lead to conditions like acute nicotine poisoning in both children and adults.
8. Some studies have claimed that vaping helps some people gradually stop smoking. But there hasn’t been any decisive evidence of such claims.
9. Inhaling the oily substances found in vaping products may also lead to a condition called lipoid pneumonia. Lipoid pneumonia is a lung disease that develops when fatty acids (building blocks of fat) enter the lungs.
In conclusion, while specific brands of vaping products have not been directly linked to any lung disease, there have been studies showing that it increases the risk of you developing lung diseases. So, the healthier alternative is to stop entirely.
Well, whether you smoke or vape or not, you should visit a lung doctor regularly for checkups. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need help with that.