Severe lung disease really caused by vaping e-cigs?


How the public perceives the safety in vaping is a very serious matter. We must first realize the word "vaping" infers various ways to consume products, whether for medicine, nicotine or pleasure. Vaping is no longer a term used when referring to e-cigarettes.

For instance, the latest news regarding severe lung disease outbreak in the midwest commonly uses the word "vape" to describe how consumers acquired difficulty breathing after consuming THC. The media uses the term "vaping" and e-cig when the problem wasn't from a electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) at all. Here is a statement from a victim:

Now out of the hospital, he told NPR that he suspects his illness was linked to the THC oil. "The oil in the cartridge was really watered down. And it was pee-colored, it wasn't supposed to be that color, it's supposed to be dark amber," he said.

He cautioned other people who vape THC: "If you are going to smoke, just stick to the dispensaries. Don't buy stuff off the street where you don't know where it's coming from."

So the scare the media uses actually is harming the public. Using the word "vape" makes people who use ENDS products instead of traditional tobacco cigarettes worried that they may contract severe lung disease. This is not the case at all.

Please understand the media loves to demonize the vape industry because under aged vapers consume vape products. Instead of revering the vape industry for helping thousands of people stop harmful tobacco cigarettes, we get the short end of the stick.

When the media uses the term "vaping" remember this story. They generalize the term in ways that hurts the public. My wish is they would be more careful not to scare the public back into tobacco cigarettes. Please pass this story on to your friends and family so they may learn the truth about vaping. The truth does matter.




Steven Challinger