There have been numerous articles online that claim that vaping is good in many ways. Many sources claim that vaping can help smokers quit, and there are also claims that vaping could be better for people than smoking. However, a recent study by the Mayo Clinic reports that vaping can cause lung damage that’s similar to the damage in people who have inhaled noxious chemicals.
What Is Vaping?
E-cigarettes are devices that use a heating element to turn a stored liquid into an aerosol, which is a mixture of liquid particles and gases. Due to the popular but incorrect belief that e-cigarettes produce a vapor, using an e-cigarette and inhaling the aerosol it produces is called vaping. Vape devices come in many sizes and shapes, and there is a wide array of vape liquid flavors available.
How Does Vaping Damage Your Lungs?
The Mayo Clinic study reports that vaping can cause several types of lung damage. For instance, researchers in this study noted that immune system cells in the lungs called macrophages were damaged. The damage included a “foamy” look that is characteristic of a reaction to fumes from harmful chemicals.
Furthermore, the study says that vaping led to pneumocyte vacuolization in the alveoli. Pneumocytes are a type of cell that forms the lining of the alveoli, and vacuolization is the formation of vacuoles or small cavities or spaces in a cell. Vacuolization is often a response to some form of cell damage.
What Substance In Vape Aerosol Led to This Damage?
The report from the Mayo Clinic study does not list a definitive cause of the lung damage observed. However, other studies could point to a substance in some vape liquids called vitamin E acetate, which has been linked to a recent rash of vaping-related illnesses. Vaping also leads to the inhalation of other chemicals, such as propylene glycol, glycerine and a host of others. In many cases, researchers aren’t sure if inhaling the chemicals vaping produces can cause lung damage or what type of damage they could cause.
Find Out How Lung Health Institute Can Help Treat Your Chronic Lung Condition
At Lung Health Institute, we offer many natural treatment options for chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis. One of these options is our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™.
A huge component of this initiative is information about many lung-healthy food options, including dark chocolate. Chronic lung disease patients will also find specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. Other information in the AI2 includes advice about hydration, exercise and relaxation. All these natural methods are combined with the intention of helping to boost the immune system. They’re also designed to help patients train their bodies to use fats as fuel to fight inflammation.
Take the next step to Breathe Easier™. Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.