Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling a liquid that’s been converted to an aerosol produced by a vape pen, e-cigarette or similar device. Though vaping has been around for many years, it started gaining popularity in the United States around 2016. Since then, vaping has frequently been in the news as new medical research identifies its many health risks.
Vaping facts you need to know
February is National Cancer Awareness Month and the skilled physicians at Alpha Med want to help you understand the health risks associated with vaping. Here is the important information you need to know:
- Vaping is less harmful than smoking, but it’s still not safe <<<Striking periods to conform to rest of blogs
- Research suggests vaping is bad for your lungs—and your heart
- Electronic cigarettes as just as addictive as traditional cigarettes
- Electronic cigarettes are not an FDA-approved smoking cessation device
Does vaping cause lung cancer?
While the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes aren’t yet clear, there have been recent reports of serious lung disease in some people using e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.
Symptoms have included:
- Cough, trouble breathing or chest pain
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Fatigue, fever or weight loss
Vaping is also shown to significantly increase your risk of developing chronic lung diseases and illnesses including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Though long-term health consequences of vaping remain unknown, a study published in October 2019 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows lung damage in mice after exposure to nicotine e-cigarettes. While mice are not human, leading researchers conclude that vaping is likely “very harmful” to humans as well.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for lung cancer surgery, call Alpha Med Physicians Group at 708-342-1900. We follow the latest protocols, work with the area’s most experienced and talented surgeons, and provide the best guidance, support, advocacy and chances for a high-quality life.