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Chemical Exposure And Vaping-Related Lung Disease Linked, Research Finds

by Krystina Murray |  ❘ 

Recent vaping trends reveal troubling statistics. As of December 2019, American vaping-related deaths rose to 33 nationwide deaths. The CDC “has linked vaping to 1,479 cases of a mysterious lung disease” over the last 6 months. Over 75% of these cases were directly linked to e-cigarettes, and to users, “younger than 35.” Since the rise of vaping and lung illnesses, many have become concerned with the resulting pattern of the lung damage.

Research Finds Contaminants in Vape Liquid

Mayo Clinic researchers have connected lung damage to chemical burns. This belief is largely because of the toxin exposure in the lung is comparable to a direct chemical injury. The individual puts themselves in the way of toxins released through chemical fumes and harmful gases.

Side effects of excessive vape use can be addiction. Since some pens have nicotine, the ingredient can create an addiction in users. As teens are still developing vital organs, vaping can damage the brain. Parents can recognize the bloodshot eyes, the sweet smell their teens have when smoking vape pens, irritability, and excessive thirst. In a study, researchers have taken samples of lung tissue from 17 individuals—those who vaped, with most having used cannabis or cannabis oil. Less than 3 samples had been taken from those who have passed. The evidence concluded that the oils and chemicals in vape liquid were extremely toxic. Many wonder if these contaminants are responsible for the lung injuries in vaping cases.

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What’s Being Done about Vaping and Lung Disease

The FDA and the CDC are conducting much research to minimize THC vape use. They have become committed to connecting with public officials for solutions. The FDA has begun analyzing vape pen samples they receive, allowing for examination of ingredients for study. The FDA will examine vape pens for hazardous materials, such as cutting agents, pesticides, opiates, heavy metals, and toxins. Health officials are continuing to notify the public of the dangers of vaping.

What Parents Can Do

Parents should be aware of their children’s vaping practices. If a parent finds vape pens in their child’s room, this is a sign that a conversation is needed. Vaping has consequences for young adults both legally and health wise. Individuals under the age of 18 are not legally able to have e-cigarettes or vape pens. Unfortunately, vape pens cause health risks to teens like lung illness and infection. Parents can also contact a treatment provider to decide whether or not rehab is ideal for their teen.

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