Vaping claims another victim; teen develops epiglottitis – Know the diseases linked with e-cigarette smoking  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
- Vaping or e-cigarettes use is becoming very common among people
- People perceive it as a healthier alternative for traditional smoking, which may not be true
- A teenage girl recently developed epiglottitis due to vaping, only a few times
New Delhi: What was initially believed and perceived to be a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking has turned out to be equally fatal, if not more. Vaping, or the practice of e-cigarette smoking, became popular in the last few years, as a ‘healthier’ alternative to smoking, and in fact, a way to help people quit smoking altogether. However, if reports and data are scrutinized, it turns out, that the practice has not only increased risk of various diseases among people in general, but has also upped the incidences of teen smoking, and under-age smoking.
Like Hookah smoking, which became popular among teenagers as a ‘harmless’ way of smoking, to enjoy the various ‘flavours’ available, e-cigarettes quickly became everyone’s favourite. The misconception that they were not as harmful as traditional cigarettes, encouraged their use. In a few recent reports, it has been found that vaping is causing a lot of harm to the health of teenagers who are using e-cigarettes, even when they are used less frequently and for a very short duration.
Vaping leads to epiglottitis in teenage girl, who used e-cigarettes just a few times
The most recent case of the health risks of vaping is that of a teenage girl, who developed epiglottitis due to e-cigarette smoking. The case study was shared by doctors from the Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. The teenage girl, reportedly, suffered a life-threatening throat swelling, linked with vaping.
The doctors said that the girl visited the hospital when she experienced hoarseness in her throat, and as if the food was lodged in her throat. The doctors initially thought that these could be symptoms of an allergy, but on testing her, found nothing. However, during diagnosis, the teen admitted that she had used candy and fruit flavoured e-cigarettes three to five times in the months leading up to her symptoms. The doctors suggested that while there was no conclusive evidence to prove that vaping was behind her symptoms, it was plausible.
What are the diseases and conditions that vaping can lead to?
Apart from the general problems of breathing that vaping can lead to, it can also alter the physical and mental health of a person in significant ways. Here is all you need to know about the diseases and conditions that vaping can lead to.
A report in December last year found that vaping or e-cigarette smoking can lead to other types of addictions, especially among teens. While previous studies had suggested that vaping can help treat addictions, this study contradicted the findings. It was found that around 75 per cent of teens who are into vaping, use nicotine, marijuana and other mind-altering substances, and not just the vape flavouring. The study analysed vaping patterns of around 14,560 teens over a period of thirty days.
Hard-Metal pneumoconiosis is a rare form of lung scarring, common between metalworkers. The condition was diagnosed in an e-cigarettes user. The condition damages the heart causes difficulty in breathing and can also be a risk factor for other diseases. Surprisingly, this disease has been found in workers who work with “hard metals” like cobalt, tungsten, and are employed in a job like diamond polishing, tool sharpening, making dental prosthetics, etc.
Popcorn lung injury
Another type of health condition that vaping has been linked with is the ‘popcorn lung injury’. According to the report, an -e-cigarette user apparently developed a condition similar to the ‘popcorn lung’, a condition that is seen in workers exposed to food-flavouring fumes in microwave food factories. The chemicals produced in such factories, if inhaled, can cause problems in bronchitis.
Reproductive health issues
Vaping has been directly linked with lung cancer and respiratory problems, but studies have found that vaping can lead to low birth weight, impaired fertility, delay in pregnancy and other effects when it comes to reproductive health and the health of the baby. Vaping can not only affect the immunity and lungs of the mother but also affect these organs and systems in the baby.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.