Though the practice of vaping has been around for many years, it skyrocketed in popularity during the past decade. While many turned to vaping to cut down or quit smoking cigarettes, the effects of e-cigarette use have proved to be damaging for users. Now, a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine linked vaping to a long-term risk of respiratory disease.
These diseases include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and asthma. The study is among the first bodies of research examining the link between long-term e-cigarette use and respiratory disease.
The study analyzed data from 32,320 American adults as to whether they had ever been told by a health professional that they had lung or respiratory conditions and if they had ever used e-cigarettes, regular cigarettes, or any combustible tobacco product.
The data, which came from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health, was collected from 2013 to 2016. Both former and current e-cigarette users were found prone to developing respiratory disease. A stronger correlation was also found among former and current cigarette smokers who either only smoked cigarettes or were users of both e-cigarettes and cigarettes.
The Dangers Associated With Vaping
Though marketed as a way to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, e-cigarette use presents its own health and safety dangers. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,506 people and counting have been hospitalized with e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). 54 deaths have also been confirmed in 27 states and the District of Colombia.
In many cases where patients experience EVALI, they had either modified an e-cigarette device or used black market modified e-liquids containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Vitamin E acetate has been used as a thickening and/or diluting agent in THC vaping products; and, it is often present in the lungs of patients who suffer from EVALI. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found Vitamin E acetate in lung fluid samples from 94% of 51 patients with either confirmed or probable EVALI.
Houston Vaping Injury Attorney
E-cigarette and Juul product use has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. The unfortunate reality is these products are harmful. If a Juul or e-cigarette product injured you or someone you know, contact the vaping injury attorneys at Dax F. Garza, P.C. today for a free consultation.