A doctor has warned that vaping is ‘barbequing your lungs’ and increases the risk of lung transplants in young people.
Dr Brian Boxer Wachler, an eye surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, took to TikTok last week to explain why vaping is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes.
‘Vape temperatures can be significantly hotter than cigarette smoke, so vape literally could be barbequing your lungs,’ he said in the video, which has 6.3 million views. ‘[This could] explain why more younger people who vape need lung transplants versus younger people who smoke cigarettes.’
The majority of doctors still say that vaping is safer than cigarettes, which have been unequivocally linked to cancer and release thousands of known killer chemicals.
But a growing body of research suggests vaping also poses serious long-term health risks – especially to the lungs and heart.
Dr Brian Boxer Wachler, an eye surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, took to TikTok last week to explain why vaping is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes. ‘Vape temperatures can be significantly hotter than cigarette smoke, so vape literally could be barbequing your lungs,’ he said in the video, which has 6.3 million views
Federal data suggests that about 14 percent – over 2.5 million – of American youth from 6th through 12th grades vape, while another study reported one in 20 American adults vape. That compares to just one in 10 tobacco smokers
Earlier this year, the American Heart Association (AHA) warned that the cocktail of nicotine, thickeners, solvents, and flavors in vape devices poses greater risks to heart health than smoking cigarettes.
Long-term exposure to diacetyl and acetyl propionyl, two flavoring additives, has been linked to shortness of breath, chronic cough, asthma, and obstructed airways.
Experts have also warned against secondhand vaping.
Scientists from universities in Virginia and North Carolina reported that when e-cigarette users puffed in their cars for less than 10 minutes, the air around them became laden with possibly poisonous particulate matter known specifically as PM2.5 (denoting a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller).
PM2.5 can be generated from natural and human-engineered sources such as the burning of fossil fuels. When inhaled, the matter penetrates the lungs and irritates the entire respiratory system, possibly causing or worsening asthma, bronchitis, and heavy wheezing.
The matter is small enough that it could enter the bloodstream, which can lead to system-wide inflammation that raises the risk to cardiovascular health.
Vapes that don’t have nicotine can also lead to ‘e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury,’ or EVALI.
The exact cause of the injury still isn’t completely clear, but researchers have since zeroed in on the compound Vitamin E Acetate, which is often used as a thickening agent in illegal cannabis vape devices.
Dr Boxer Wachler pointed to a 2022 study published in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology, which found that of 11,350 patients with vape lung damage, half vaped both nicotine and THC, the ingredient in cannabis that gives users a ‘high.’
However, more than one-third of patients vaped THC alone, while 17 percent vaped nicotine.
‘Lung damage can happen with any kind of vape,’ Dr Boxer Wachler said.
‘Please don’t vape.’
There is no test to determine if someone has EVALI, so diagnosis is based on symptoms, which include shortness of breath, fever, chills, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and chest pain, according to the American Lung Association (ALA).
EVALI has caused some harrowing health scares. A 34-year-old woman from Ohio, who was going through around eight cartridges of vape fluid each week, the equivalent of 50 cigarettes a day, found herself on life support within 24 hours of going to urgent care for trouble breathing.
In another terrifying case, a 20-year-old woman from the UK named Abby Flynn developed a rare lung condition, dubbed ‘popcorn lung’, which doctors warned could have left her reliant on an oxygen machine before she turned 30.
Federal data suggests that about 14 percent – over 2.5 million – of American youth from 6th through 12th grades vape, while another study reported one in 20 American adults vape. That compares to just one in 10 tobacco smokers.
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