Illegal vaping products have been in the news recently due to their connection to major lung disease and even death in some users. At first, it was unclear if illegal THC vapes or normal, legal vaping products were causing these complications. Since then a new study has been released by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine claiming there is a link between vaping and lung disease. Issues such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma might be directly affected by vaping.
Representatives for vaping companies came out in defense of their products after the first deaths related to vaping. They placed the blame squarely on illegal THC, but this new study shows that’s far from true. AJPM used 3 variables when conducting their test. E-cigarette users, non-smokers, and traditional tobacco users as the control variable. Their research resulted in the conclusion that e-cigarette use is an independent risk factor for respiratory disease. In fact, they also found that those who use e-cigarettes also use combustible tobacco, which increases their chances of respiratory disease further.
It should be noted that the study could be a more conservative estimate of the harmful effects of vaping. The usage of vaping products or traditional tobacco was self-reported. Those conducting the study had no way to confirm if the subjects were giving accurate calculations of their usage. Since smoking is generally stigmatized, its a possibility there could have been under-reporting by the subjects.
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