The increasing number of lung diseases and deaths associated with e-cigarettes – though scientists are scrambling to find out what caused them – illustrate how much is unknown about the dangers on the health of the exhalation.
Health experts say what they know is worrisome: Damage to vaping can damage young people's brain development, chemicals in certain vape products are associated with respiratory diseases , and e-cigarettes may be creating a new generation of nicotine addicts after decades of reducing smoking cessation rates.
The same experts have warned that it is too soon to say whether vaping can lead to cancer or other chronic diseases, though some doctors say there are reasons to suggest it. Health officials say the ingredients in some vape fluids are known to cause cancer.
And that is only for legal vape products. Vapers ̵1; and health officials – are not aware of what potentially harmful substances some of the illegal vape pods contain THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes high. Most people with vaping-related disorders have a history of e-cigarettes known for vaped THC, or THC and nicotine.
"Vaping is not safe," says Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine. at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "This poses a complete risk to every user."
Nationally, there were 1,299 cases of acute lung disease associated with vaping until October 8, and 29 deaths until October 10, including a 17-year-old from the Bronx, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the state health department.
Jon Doneson, 52, of Roslyn Heights, said he was afraid he would be added to the vaping list Five days he spent at North Shore University Hospital in August for treatment of severe respiratory problems after vaping. THC daily for about three months. He said he had no idea what other than THC was in the vape cartridges he bought.
"It's like playing Russian roulette," he said. "You can buy 20 cartridges in a row that is a great product" that doesn't cause chronic pain "and then five that aren't good."