Notes to Know About COPD/Asthma – E-Cigarettes & COPD – Cautionary Vaping

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It is always important to know what is going on in the world of COPD/Asthma, hence a weekly (at the minimum) posting of ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ – because those of us battling the issue should always be up to date on what is going on, and that includes both the positives and the negatives of the COPD/Asthma life.

Many, if not most, of those with COPD in particular were smokers or spent a bunch of their life around a smoker or smokers.  Whether you smoke or not, the following write was found wandering the internet and we found it particularly interesting – it will give you all something to think about, especially if you are or were a smoker.

Special Note – Is this subject personal, yes, it is.  Much of my childhood was spent around a father and a couple of relatives who smoked either a pipe or cigarettes, which I have at moments blamed for some of my situation fighting late Stage III COPD while also dealing with severe Asthma.  Having had to walk through groups or individuals who were vaping, I found absolutely no difference in my physical reaction to the situation – in other words I either held my breath walking past or run the risk of sniffy even a hint of the vapors and like with regular smoking, set my COPD/Asthma into a tizzy.

With that, read on and see if you can relate to this particular problem with your larynx when using an inhaler.

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E-Cigarettes and COPD: Cautions if you’re Vaping

E-Cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among smokers, non-smokers and those trying to quit smoking. There are some cautions, however, that you may want to keep in mind if you’re vaping (using e-cigarettes) or considering it. e-cigarettes and copd

How They Work

Before getting into the details about the cautions of vaping, it’s important to understand how these devices work. First, the user inhales through a mouthpiece which switches on a small, battery-powered heater. The heat vaporizes a small cartridge containing liquid nicotine and propylene glycol (PEG), then the user gets a puff of hot gas, exhales and finally releases a cloud of vapor created by the PEG.

Using Them to Quit Smoking

If you smoke or are working on quitting smoking, you already know how important quitting is for your health and well-being. Many people have been turning to vaping to help them quit smoking, but the results and risks vary.

In 2010, an online survey showed that 96% of the 3,587 participants surveyed admitted that using e-cigarettes helped them quit smoking and 92% of participants mentioned it made them smoke less.2 However, Michael Eriksen, Director of the Institute of Public Health at Atlanta’s Georgia State University, noted that these products are sold as something for you to use in situations where you normally wouldn’t be able to smoke—and this will just encourage you to use more nicotine, not reduce the frequency you smoke.1

Carl Philips, PhD, and Scientific Director of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), cautions people on how quitting-smoking rates are reported and determined: People who no longer smoke combustible cigarettes and instead use e-cigarettes are considered former smokers. This is because of the keyword: smoke. E-cigarettes, like smokeless tobacco, don’t involve inhaling smoke, meaning results of a near 100% quit rate can be shown because those who vape can call themselves non-smokers.3

Immediate Effects

Initial research has been done to determine if there are any immediate effects on individuals who use e-cigarettes and to determine if there is a relationship between e-cigarettes and COPD. Dr. Sofia Vakali, a researcher who helped conduct this study, monitored smokers with COPD, smokers with asthma, smokers with no symptoms and nonsmokers to determine adverse effects of vaping. Below are the symptoms users experienced:

Sore Throat

62% of those with COPD

91% of those with asthma

74% of nonsmokers

65% of smokers

Cough

69% of those with COPD

66% of those with asthma

54% of nonsmokers

69% of smokers

Other symptoms all groups experienced were eye irritation and dry mouth.

Potential Long-Term Harm

One of the biggest uncertainties with vaping is that the long-term consequences for someone who stops inhaling cigarette tars and just inhales nicotine are unknown.1 Other sources point out that vaping still allows substances into your lungs that are not meant to be inhaled.3

Other Factors to Consider

A research paper in Tobacco Control noted that e-cigarettes are missing important regulations such as proper labeling, health warnings, clear directions and ways to safely dispose the product. The researchers also found that some of the cartridges leaked, which may expose you to a toxic level of nicotine. Since these products are lacking regulation, how much you are able to inhale the substance and the exact substances used are left up to the manufacturer.

(Sources used for this article – WebMD, About COPD, Forbes and MedPage Today)

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‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ will continue to feature writings from medical folks and caretakers who share insights into the world of what may be going on in the world of COPD/Asthma.  ‘Notes to Know about COPD/Asthma’ can be found at either wheezingaway.com or within the Facebook page, COPD Travels.

Remember – ‘a person without good breathing, is a person without a good life’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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