There is still a lot to be researched and studied about electronic cigarettes and the e-juice that makes them work. There is also a lot to be researched and studied about the connection between them and COPD. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) affects the respiratory system, a progressive illness that affects as many as 30 million Americans.
It is known that cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of COPD and with 90% of those diagnosed with COPD are currently smokers or x-smokers. There are many people walking around today that have early signs of COPD and aren’t aware of it.
Electronic Cigarettes and COPD: Is There A Connection?
When you inhale an electronic cigarette, the process of vaping, is not the same as inhaling smoke from a traditional cigarette. What you are inhaling is a chemical mixture and water vapor. It is the contents of the e-liquid that is concerning: nicotine. And when you exhale that mixture, those around you are breathing it in, just as they do the smoke from traditional cigarettes.
But electronic cigarettes aren’t the only device that is putting out a vape mixture. Electronic pipes, hookah pens, and vape pens are also putting out that same mixture that those around you are inhaling.
So, is vaping a cause of COPD? Well the research and studies haven’t been done long enough to come to that conclusion 100%. The data collected to date is insufficient when it comes to the health consequences that vapors could be facing.
What we do know for sure is that electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance. They also contain other ingredients that are not safe such as carcinogens, assorted toxic chemicals, as well as toxic metal nanoparticles.
Is Vaping A Safe Way to Quit Smoking?
The e-juice that is used in electronic cigarettes has been found to contain nicotine and nicotine is a substance associated with COPD development. Lung tissue destruction and lung inflammation were also associated with the nicotine in vaping.
Another study however, have given results that products used in electronic vaping are more than 90% less harmful than traditional cigarettes. And what’s more, they can even reverse the harm that tobacco has caused a smoker’s body. What anyone reading this should know is that study was funded by a distributor of electronic cigarettes.
In that same study though, the person that conducted it did admit that more studies are needed before clarifying electronic cigarettes are in fact, less harmful than traditional tobacco. In addition, more studies are needed to provide positive evidence that switching from traditional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes is beneficial to smokers.
Beginning in 2018, vaping products will be required by the USDA to provide warnings of the nicotine contained in them and that nicotine is considered an addictive drug. And the vaping products that do not contain nicotine will be required to state they contain tobacco.
What we do know for sure is that the risk factors for COPD in more than just smoking cigarettes. Cigars and pipes increase a person’s risk of COPD as well as being exposed for prolonged periods of time to second-hand smoke, lung irritants, pollutants, chemical fumes, dust, fuel, and air pollution.