Since June 2019, 102 cases of Vaping-associated Pulmonary Injury (VAPI) requiring hospitalization have been reported to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Nationally, there were 2,051 cases of lung injury linked to vaping as of November 5, 2019 according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDPH is urging everyone to quit vaping altogether, no matter the substance or source, until current investigations are complete. For those who continue, consumers are urged to avoid buying any vaping products on the street, to purchase cannabis products from licensed businesses (whose products are tested), never modify a store-bought vape product, monitor themselves for illness, and seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms related to VAPI.
  • Cannabis smoke has more toxic chemicals than tobacco smoke.  In addition to the pulmonary effects demonstrated by the current findings smoking anything is also a cause of sinusitis and middle ear infections in both the smoker/vaper and others nearby, a.k.a “second-hand smoke”.
  • In addition to the lungs, the sinuses and middle ear are kept clean by cilia — which look like hairs under the microscope — constantly sweeping out the mucus that is naturally manufactured there for protection (hence the name ‘mucous membrane’ lining). It can take 5 days for the cilia to recover after 1 tobacco cigarette.
  • One cigarette every few days is enough to prevent the body from eliminating hot soot from the entire respiratory tract, including the sinuses and middle ears as well as the lungs. That is why smokers often have a persistent productive cough after quitting as those cilia “come back to life”.
That is also why children in the home of smokers have multiple times the number of
sinus and middle ear infections as in families of non-smokers.
Vaping tobacco or cannabis not only has more harmful chemicals than cigarette smoke
but is super-heated and has the additional destructive toxic effect.
Should you have any questions please contact our office.