What You Need to Know

Vaping has become a popular trend in recent years. Many have turned to a vape instead of cigarettes, thinking they’re doing something better for their body. The fact of the matter is, vaping is still dangerous to your well-being — particularly your lungs. Here’s what you need to know about vaping and your lung health.

vaping pulmonology in Richmond vaCan It Hurt Me?

Most man-made things can hurt your body or brain in some way. A vape contains nicotine, just as cigarettes do. Nicotine is incredibly harmful to the body. It’s especially dangerous for the brain of someone under the age of 25. Your brain is not fully developed until you reach this age, making nicotine more likely to hinder aspects of impulse control, mood, and attention.

You’re also breathing in chemicals and toxins — damaging your lungs in the process. Popcorn lung has been deemed a dangerous side effect. Don’t let the silly-sounding nickname fool you. Bronchiolitis obliterans involve scarring of the air sacs within these vital organs. Your airways become too thick and narrow for air to pass through sufficiently. If you find yourself wheezing, coughing, and feeling short of breath, you may have developed this side effect from your vaping habits.

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Many believe that vaping is still safer than smoking because there aren’t as many toxins and chemicals found in cigarettes. However, many chemicals are still found in the e-cigarette aerosol that people believe is just water vapor. It’s filled with diacetyl flavoring that causes popcorn lung, cancer-causing chemicals, nickel and other heavy metals, and ultrafine particles that are still being explored. One is not safe than the other.

What are the Long-Term Effects?

The symptoms mentioned above may have long-term effects for those who smoke regularly. Your lungs may be permanently scarred, leading to a chronic cough and routine shortness of breath. Asthma and chronic lung disease may also develop. Those who endanger their brains from a young age may experience a permanent loss of ability to control themselves, make rational decisions, and concentrate. You also increase your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

When Should I See a Doctor?

As soon as you notice yourself coughing continuously, struggling to take deep breaths, or experiencing symptoms of high blood pressure (headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, and chest pain), it’s time to see a doctor. Your heart and your lungs may already be severely compromised, and it’s time to take action. 

Vaping is dangerous to your lungs and your health overall. All forms of smoking should be ceased if you hope to keep your lungs working efficiently and prevent harmful effects from taking hold.

Pulmonary Associates of Richmond is here to help with all lung conditions. Contact us online or by phone at (804) 320-4243