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Vaping and electronic cigarettes are the same thing or should all products be abstained from?

As the concerns about vaping grow research and health officials are examining the reasons behind around 40 deaths as well as more than 2,000 diseases. It’s a bit confusing for even experts.

“E-cigarette” or “e-cigarette” refers to a battery-powered device that allows you to breathe in an airborne aerosol, which usually is not always, but often includes nicotine, flavors, and other chemicals, however, not tobacco. In the United States, both National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consider e-cigarettes to be broad categories that include many different types of products that function similarly and use similar components.

Thus, “e-cigarettes,” “vapes,” “vape pens,” “Juul,” etc. They all belong to the same type of products and include “e-cigarette” being the product itself and “vaping” referring to the use of the product. These devices may have various functions.

While e-cigarettes sold in the U.S. are regulated as cigarettes, not as smoking devices for cessation, Juul – the biggest manufacturer of these devices has advertised their product as a means to help smokers quit cigarettes, and has a website stating that Juul’s products offer considered to be a “satisfying alternative to cigarettes.” There are also other vaping devices, however, that are made to allow users to inhale THC.

What is the root of lung injury resulting from vaping?

The lung diseases and deaths that result from using these products are often called “e-cigarette or vaping, product use-associated lung injury” or EVALI. We are aware that 84% of the people who died were smoking THC in a single dose or conjunction with nicotine. Many of them obtained their product which included THC which is the psychoactive component found in marijuana, from informal sources, such as friends, or in-person or online dealers.

CDC lab testing of fluid samples taken from EVALI patients has revealed vitamin E acetate an artificial form of vitamin E located at the primary area of injury in the lung. It is necessary to conduct further research, however, to rule out the possibility of other chemicals which could also be connected with EVALI.

Although further testing is required, vitamin E acetate appears to be more prevalent in products that contain THC. The legal marijuana market says that vitamin E acetate is commonly used on the black market of marijuana to increase the amount of THC oil used in electronic cigarettes because it has the same appearance and is also much less expensive.

A recent study revealed that of EVALI people in Utah 17.17 out of 19 (89 percent) of THC-containing items had vitamin E Acetate, while none of the 20 (0 percent) nicotine-containing products contained it.

The CDC suggests that people do not smoke vape products that contain THC. It is the American Medical Association has called for the banning of all electronic cigarettes and vapes that aren’t considered cigarettes. Vaping and e-cigarettes are not products available today are considered products for quitting smoking.

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