What You Need to Know About Vape
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In recent years, JUUL vape pens and other e-cigarette devices have become increasingly popular, especially among teens and young adults without a prior history of smoking tobacco cigarettes. However, these products contain high levels of nicotine and other harmful chemicals.
Manufacturers of JUUL and other e-cigarette products placed their desire for profits before the safety and health of an entire generation, following the same “playbook” used by the tobacco industry to create life-long users of their harmful products.
What is a JUUL?
JUUL vaping devices splashed onto the market in 2015 with the stated mission of “improving the lives of the one billion adult smokers” on the planet. It claimed its primary mission was to help those already smoking traditional cigarettes and tobacco products to quit smoking.
JUUL has grown to become a $5-billion vaping empire. The San Francisco-based startup now controls more than three-quarters of the U.S. vaping market.
Although manufacturers have promoted vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, they withheld important warnings about the dangers of JUUL. A growing body of research now highlights the risk vaping may have on the lungs and respiratory system.
JUUL and Vape-Related Injuries
Side effects of JUUL and other vape pens have been linked to reports of severe respiratory injury and addiction among teens, young adults and non-smokers.
JUUL health risks may include serious and life-threatening problems. Vaping has been linked to reports of:
• Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Popcorn Lung, known as bronchiolitis obliterans or constrictive bronchitis
• Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH)
• Acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP)
• Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP)
• Wet lung known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis
• Lipoid pneumonia
• Seizures requiring hospitalization
• Heart Attack
• Lung Cancer
• Bladder Cancer
• Other Cancer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of severe respiratory illness affecting people who recently used vaping products like JUUL. As of Oct. 10, 2019, more than 1,000 people in 48 states and one U.S. territory have been affected, and at least 23 of those sickened have died.
The CDC is recommending that consumers “consider refraining from using e-cigarettes, or vaping products, particularly those containing THC.”
Some patients reported that their symptoms developed over a few days, while others reported that their symptoms developed over several weeks. A lung infection does not appear to be causing the symptoms, the CDC said.
The FDA started notifying the public in April 2019 that some people, “especially youth and young adults” are reporting seizures following vape device use. Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine poisoning and have been reported in medical journals.
Each JUUL pod contains the same amount of nicotine found in an entire pack of cigarettes.
In a study published in The BMJ (British Medical Journal) in September 2018, researchers warned that JUUL pods expose adolescents to high levels of nicotine. This increases the risk of JUUL addiction and dependency, as well as long-term health problems.
How Vaping Works
Most electronic cigarettes convert liquid nicotine into an aerosol for inhalation. While many people assume that is how JUUL pods work, it is not. JUUL pods are filled with liquids that contain high concentrations of a modified salt form of nicotine. This is more readily absorbed during inhalation, and urine analysis suggests that the nicotine concentrations are much higher than those found from using traditional vaping devices.
What chemicals are used?
The liquid inside JUUL cartridges contains glycerol, propylene glycol, flavoring, benzoic acid, and 40 milligrams of nicotine.
Medical professionals are very concerned because JUUL delivers higher concentrations of nicotine than other vaping devices. According to a study published in The Lancet, the liquid in JUUL is 5% nicotine by volume, which is more than twice the concentration of nicotine in similar devices like the Blu vape cartridge (2.4% nicotine). This increases the risk of addiction; in fact, a study done by the UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists showed that nicotine is about as addictive as cocaine and even more addictive than alcohol and barbiturates (anti-anxiety drugs).
Nicotine also interacts with any cancer cells present in the body in a way that makes cancers worse, according to Stanton Glantz, Ph.D., Director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control and Education. Nicotine also stimulates the nervous system and cardiovascular system, which leads to heart disease.
While other brands use a chemically modified form called “freebase nicotine,” JUULs use “nicotine salts” that more closely resemble the natural structure of nicotine found in tobacco leaves. This makes the nicotine more readily absorbed into the bloodstream and makes the vapor less harsh so that it is easier to inhale more nicotine for longer periods of time.
In addition to the 5 main vape liquid ingredients, 42 additional chemicals have been identified in the vapor, several of which are known carcinogens.
JUUL pods contain a greater amount of benzoic acid, 44.8 mg/mL, compared to other vaping brands, which are in the range of 0.2 to 2 mg/mL. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), benzoic acid is known to cause coughs, sore throat, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting if exposure is constant, which is the case when using a JUUL. This is due to how JUULs utilize the properties of benzoic acid to increase the potency of the nicotine salts in its vape liquid.
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