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by Dory Benford September 05, 2019

Vaping and Cancer: What We Know

Vaping has been in the news a lot lately, and not for positive reasons. In April of this year, the Food and Drug Administration notified the public of reports that some e-cigarette users experienced seizures after vaping. Next, between June and August, more than 149 possible cases of vaping-related lung disease in 22 states were reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). And then, an Illinois patient died from a lung-related illness linked to vaping — the first case of its kind in the U.S. – followed by a second death in Oregon.
 
These statistics are concerning, and scarier still is the fact that officials are unsure of what is causing such severe pulmonary illness in some e-cigarette users.
 
The CDC has noted similarities among most of these cases, including patients reporting difficulty breathing, excessive coughing, chest pain, and exhaustion before being hospitalized. Of the patients hospitalized, many also reported recent use of vaping products with THC, an active compound in marijuana.
 
While most of these cases share certain characteristics, the CDC and state health departments across the country are working together to find the specific cause for the recent incidences of lung illness.
 
Can e-cigarette use be tied to cancer?
 
The long-term effects of vaping have yet to be seen, but cancer researchers are currently studying e-cigarette use and its impact on health and wellness. We do know that the vapor from e-cigarettes contains some of the same cancer-causing chemicals that traditional cigarettes do, like formaldehyde, but in smaller amounts.
 
While it’s true that using e-cigarettes is probably less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes, it seems that they still present health risks that we should all keep in mind before deciding to JUUL.
 
If you would like help quitting smoking e-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes, the American Cancer Society offers a wealth of resources to help to kick the habit.

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