E-Cigarettes and Asthma

E-Cigarettes and AsthmaArtificial flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes are a risk-factor for asthma. Many experts say the risk is unnecessary and flavorings like diacetyl and acetyl propionyl should be removed.

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E-Cigarettes and Asthma

The link between e-cigarettes and asthma is not well-studied. Asthma can get worse by breathing irritating substances, vaping e-cigarettes, or smoking cigarettes. However, some studies have found that cigarette smokers with preexisting asthma who switched to e-cigarettes had improvements in lung function.

What is the problem?

People who support e-cigarettes say they can help people quit smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes are also seen as healthier because they do not have tar or secondhand smoke. The problem is that e-cigarettes and vaping liquids often contain flavoring chemicals like diacetyl and acetyl propionyl that are known risk-factors for lung diseases and asthma.

Unnecessary Risk Can Be Avoided

Tobacco cigarettes often contain more flavoring chemicals than the average e-cigarette. However, some e-cigarettes contain massive amounts of flavoring chemicals that exceed the daily exposure limit for workers in factories where flavoring chemicals are used. Flavor ingredients in e-cigarettes are an avoidable risk and many experts say the chemicals should be removed.

Studies of Diacetyl in E-Cigarettes

  • In 2014, Nicotine and Tobacco Research published an evaluation of 159 sweet-flavored e-cigarette liquids and found diacetyl or acetyl propionyl in 74% of products. Nearly half of the samples exceeded daily exposure limits for the chemicals.
  • In 2015, Environmental Health Perspectives published a study of 51 vaping liquids and found diacetyl in 76% of products. The highest amount of diacetyl found was 239 μg/e-cigarette, which is over 4X the daily exposure limit.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows airways in the lungs. People with asthma may have muscle spasms on the bronchi of the lungs, which causes sudden and severe breathing problems (asthma attacks). There is no cure for asthma, but treatments can help manage the condition and improve quality of life.

Symptoms of Asthma

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Problems breathing
  • Fatigue

Treatment

Treatment may involve using an inhaler to take medications that widen the airways and relieve inflammation. Injections and oral medications can also help. Oxygen therapy is another treatment that can decrease shortness of breath and fatigue. Severe asthma attacks that do not respond to at-home treatment with an inhaler are a life-threatening medical emergency.

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