Vape devices have been on the market in the U.S. since 2007, and advertisers commonly portray them as safer alternatives to traditional tobacco products. However, there are still many unanswered questions about the long-term effects vaping may have on people’s health. Lung Health Institute offers 2 pieces of information that show a few ways vaping may affect your lung health.
2 Ways Vaping May Affect Your Lung Health
Vaping is the term used to describe the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices. These devices heat a liquid to produce a vapor that’s inhaled and exhaled. Many people feel that there are significant advantages to using vape devices rather than smoking tobacco, and the short amount of time these devices have been on the market has hampered long-term research into the health effects of vaping.
However, there are 2 aspects of vaping that leads people to conclude that it may still be bad for your lung health. For one thing, many vape liquids still contain high levels of nicotine, which is the addictive chemical found in tobacco.
Studies have shown that nicotine can cause issues with the heart and may also generally cause issues with your circulatory system. This fact means that nicotine may also contribute to the development of chronic lung diseases since low blood flow means the body will have more trouble removing toxins from the lungs.
The second reason vaping may be bad for your lung health is because of another problematic chemical: propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is present in many vape liquids, and this chemical is known to irritate the respiratory system.
Over extended periods of time, irritation may turn into chronic inflammation, and chronic inflammation is a key initial cause of many chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Propylene glycol also breaks down into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, which are both cancer-causing chemicals known as carcinogens.
For these and other reasons, it’s clear that vape devices may have negative effects on your lung health and may even lead to continued increases in the number of chronic lung disease cases worldwide.
Lung Health Institute Is Dedicated to Helping Patients With Chronic Lung Diseases
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute has made it our mission to help patients with chronic lung diseases find the most effective possible treatment for them. This is why we offer a variety of services that may help treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions.
One service we offer for chronic lung disease patients is our three Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI2™) plans. These 3 plans offer a variety of information about nutrition, fluid intake, exercise and more that may benefit you. For instance, these plans may help you take control of your health by allowing you to boost your immune system naturally. The nutrition tips in these plans may also help you train your body to begin using healthy fats as fuel to fight inflammation.
Another service we offer that may benefit chronic lung disease patients is cellular therapy. When you come into one of our clinics to receive cellular therapy, our clinicians will fit you with an IV, and take a small sample of your blood. Our clinicians will then use our on-site labs to separate and concentrate helpful cells from your blood. The concentrated cells will then be returned into your bloodstream where they’ll be pumped into your lungs. Here, they may help repair damaged tissue and reduce inflammation, which may allow you to Breathe Easier™ and improve your quality of life.
Are you ready to find out how our services may benefit you? Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.