Vaping Related Lung Issues

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Vaping Related Lung Issues

Sidney Marenkovic, Junior Staff Writer

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A frightening trend among youth today is the popularity of vaping. According to sources, vaping is the inhalation of vapor produced by an e-cigarette or other electronic device. These vaping devices are most often made up of propylene glycol with nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals and metals that are most likely unknown by the user.  Although vaping is not directly compared to smoking cigarettes, it shares many of the same negative health effects. 

The negative effects of this dangerous habit are being publicized more and more, as they should be. Throughout many years of research on this issue, researchers have come to a conclusion that was inevitable. An increased risk of cancer, collapse of the lungs, and nicotine poisoning are only a few of the health effects related to vaping using e-cigarettes. The American Lung Association states, “The Lung Association remains extremely troubled about the rapid increase of youth using these products and has repeatedly called upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase their oversight and scrutiny of these products to protect kids.” E-cigarettes can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease from the propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin product inside of the electronic device, sources explain. Junior Taylor Perline states, “Inhaling anything other than oxygen can be damaging to your lungs.” In 24 states, 33 deaths were reported related to vaping and the epidemic is spreading rapidly.

As of right now, the only way to fully prevent lung damage is to completely refrain from using e-cigarettes or any type of vaping device. “Vaping is somewhat new in the teen world; we don’t know much about it, and this lack of knowledge could be very dangerous if everyone is using these products,” states Ryan Laird, a junior at Hubbard High School. The long-term effects of vaping are still being discovered because of the recent creation of the product. Refraining from using vape products will lead to overall better health and prevention of unknown toxins being introduced into the human body. While research is still being performed on new vaping products, it is not recommended to use vaping devices due to the negative health effects they have on the user.

Please consider some of the information presented in the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGJpGSCBzZ8

Sources: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/can-vaping-damage-your-lungs-what-we-do-and-dont-know-2019090417734

https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/e-cigarettes-and-lung-health.html

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html