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Vaping and Asthma: The Risks, Benefits and Side Effects

Can vaping cause asthma?

The effects vaping may have on the body are still a topic of research. However, studies claim that the consequences of smoking are similar to the potential risks of vaping. Vaping may damage the lung cells of the user, while nicotine and e-liquids can lead to inflammation of the lungs. In particular, research shows that e-cig exposure may cause asthma.

Is vaping beneficial for people with asthma?

People who vape report that vaping has a beneficial effect on their symptoms. What’s more, the release of moisture helps sinus congestion. Research shows that individuals who switched to vaping report some significant improvement in the long-term. Last but not least, a survey reveals that vaping may reverse the risk of asthma and lung damage in smokers.

Vaping and Asthma - The Risks, Benefits and Side Effects

Vaping and Asthma

Do you think before you take another breath of fresh air? The truth is that for many people breathing has become an automated behavior. However, for people who have asthma, their chronic wheezing and coughing often makes breathing a conscious process that reminds them how precious health is.

Nevertheless, some habits die hard, and people with asthma continue smoking or vaping. In fact, the act of smoking or vaping can also grow into a learned and automated behavior. While it’s been proven that cigarettes have an adverse effect on asthma, the topic of vaping and asthma is still covered in mist.

How Does Vaping Affect People With Asthma?

With misleading nicotine levels and a bunch of chemicals, some of which – carcinogenic, vapes are not as safe as people believe. What’s more, experts urge people to realize that vaping might not be the ultimate solution for asthmatics who are trying to quit smoking.

Vaping affects the body in numerous ways. First of all, nicotine may cause inflammation of the lungs, which may worsen asthma symptoms. In fact, a study showed that the short-term effects caused by smoking are similar to vaping. Coughing, dizziness, headaches, and the list goes on and on.

Researchers at Indiana University in Indianapolis found out that e-cigs without nicotine also affect the lung cells. What’s more, research on lung tissues growing in a lab dish showed that tempting flavors, such as banana pudding, hot cinnamon candies, kola, menthol tobacco, and vanilla, can kill lung cells. In fact, experts warn people that with such flavors, companies target young users.

E-cigarette exposure also leads to the destruction of lung cells and may cause asthma and emphysema. A study on mice published by the European Respiratory Society was the first one to reveal the possible ways vaping and secondhand exposure may cause asthma. Although these findings should not trigger mass panic, more regulations on vaping are needed, at least until additional data is collected.

Is It Safe To Smoke With Asthma?

At the same time, people who suffer from asthma report that vaping has a beneficial effect on their condition and users claim that vapes serve as inhalers. One of the explanations is that vaporizers release moisture into the air that helps sinus congestion. Additionally, users say that by adding herbs, such as peppermint, symptoms do not cause any trouble.

Experts backed up these beliefs and showed that people who switched to vaping (or used vaping to reduce their smoking), showed impressive levels of improvement regarding their condition. In fact, 12-month and 24-month follow-ups supported the long-term benefits of vaping on asthmatics.

Can Vaping Reverse The Risks Of Asthma In Smokers?

Surprisingly, vaping can reverse lung damage. A worldwide Internet survey with more than 19,000 users revealed that 76% of ex-smokers with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), who switched to vaping, reported improvement in breathing, physical state, and senses. Additionally, a third of participants claimed they were able to decrease their medications.

As mentioned earlier, the effects of vaping and its link to asthma are still a topic of research. While some consumers report some miraculous benefits of vaping, research still shows that vaporizers (even nicotine-free) can harm the lung tissues.

Wouldn’t you think again before your next puff?

11 Comments
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    Joe

    December 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm Reply

    I was a smoker of cigarettes from the age of around 14 and a sufferer of asthma all my life, stopping and starting over the years because I had to due to my breathing problems. Eventually I stopped altogether for years but after some stressful times took a cigarette from a friend and started again, ecigs were just arriving and I tried them with determination to stop smoking. I stuck with them for about 2years spending as much on different mods as I had on cigarettes. I can categorically confirm that there is no way they can ever improve asthma, people who say this are just kidding themselves like I do. I have been on and off vaping now for years and it does effect my asthma without doubt, it also effects my migraines and general headaches. So why the hell do I still keep going back to it, answer is I am easily addictive person I’m a stress head, I suffer from depression and angsiety so I grab a crutch and for me it’s vaping something I (think) I’m in control of lol, what an idiot. I am 57 5’ 10” weigh 12 stone and self employed I work hard for a living no benefits here.

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    Gabrielle Rose

    January 8, 2018 at 9:08 pm Reply

    if i have asthma can i vape but with no nic. and like what’s in a vape that makes me not able to do it

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      Brendan

      March 2, 2018 at 1:26 am Reply

      Currently The main concern is around a chemical called Diacetyl, which is thoiught to cause popcorn lung when inhaled. this hasnt been proven but if you want to play it safe avoid savoury flavours like desserts or anything that may have butter flavouring..

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        Julian

        May 31, 2018 at 2:16 pm Reply

        Its about 400 times more Diacetyl units in cigarettes and no survey i know of has ever reported any smokers diagnosed with «popcorn lungs». Also, the most brands producing e-juice has removed Diacetyl from their products. And if you avoid very cheap e-juice, and go for the mid tier to higher priced juices, you should be just fine.

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      val

      April 1, 2018 at 6:53 am Reply

      nicotine mostly

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    Ryan

    March 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm Reply

    I have asthma and i vape with no nicotine. Is it ok for me to vape with nicotine or will it cause me to have a asthma attack or anything else?

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    Ash

    May 22, 2018 at 8:55 pm Reply

    I have asthma pretty bad and the vapor from my vape definitely loosens up my lungs at first but if I use it more than for a few puffs to calm my nerves from the day or congestion, my lungs freak (I think it’s from the liquid, not the nicotine) and I need my inhaler. I definitely do not recommend vaping to many people especially with asthma.

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    Andrea Lollar

    June 26, 2018 at 6:56 pm Reply

    If i vape around someone who has asthma does it harm them

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      Ben Goudro

      July 3, 2018 at 12:25 am Reply

      Yes. I have asthma and when many of my friends vape around me my asthma gets much worse and I often have to use my puffer immediately after.

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    Stewart Painter

    July 11, 2018 at 4:52 am Reply

    I am an asthma sufferer with nose polyps which reduces further the airways. Endless prescriptions for nasal sprays and inhalers means I’m a slave to it. What is the future in medically approved asthma vape?

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    Kris

    August 12, 2018 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Asthma here. My lungs are condensed but fine compared to the poisonus smoke I used to inhale

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