Every day we hear about another young adult hospitalized or dead from vaping. Did you know that older people have been affected from vaping related illness and death? The numbers aren’t the same but seniors are in the mix nonetheless. About 20% of those with vaping related lung injury are over the age of 35. The oldest victim to date is 75. The majority are males.
What is the cause of vaping related lung injury? It is still under investigation and not clearly understood. So far, here are the common denominators:
- Vaping THC oil
- Vaping products obtained from sources other than a shop, that is, street vendors or acquaintances.
- Synthetic products
- Nicotine is part of the problem
The Centers for Disease Control suspects there are chemicals yet to be identified that are the culprit. In the meantime, they are studying lung specimens from affected individuals to learn more.
The problem with the elderly developing lung injury is they are more susceptible to death. A young person has health reserves that the elderly does not have. Even though young people are dying from vaping, an elderly person is more likely to die, given the same circumstances. In the elderly, lung damage severe enough to put you in an intensive care unit can result in permanent disability. If not on oxygen before the illness, you likely will be after this type of event. If you could walk a mile without getting short of breath, don’t expect to return to that level of functioning. Even more, you become susceptible to more lung problems, like pneumonia.
It is not easy to quit a nicotine habit. It is not safe to resume cigarettes either. The vaping dilemma should force smokers to seriously consider how to stop altogether. There is plenty of help out there that is easy to obtain to help you quit. Please use it.
For more information about vaping dangers in general, here is a nice infographic to see:
<a href=”https://www.calculators.org/health/vaping-risks.php” >https://www.calculators.org/health/vaping-risks.php</a>