As of late September, there had been 805 cases of severe lung disease and 12 deaths linked to vaping (or the use of electronic or e-cigarettes) in the U.S. Vaping is the act of inhaling a vaporized liquid. When using an e-cigarette or vape pen, liquid in the device is heated to produce vapor that the user inhales. Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine; some contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, or CBD oil, a cannabis-derived analgesic.
Because the use of electronic cigarettes or vaping is new, we do not yet know how it affects the body over time. We do know that the nicotine in e-cigarettes can present multiple health concerns, including addiction and acute lung injury. Summit Medical Group pulmonology experts Dr. Jessie Wilt and Dr. Gary Kohn provide the facts about vaping in the midst of this serious public health issue.