It's no secret what's been reported recently as it relates to vape products – people are being diagnosed with lung illnesses, and some are dying – and while Investigators and the FDA haven't been able to determined whether a specific device or type of vaping liquid is responsible, we've crossed the 800 mark with vape related cases.
The most common link that's been determined so far is a chemical called Vitamin E Acetate, among other heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and ultrafine particles. And until there is a confirmed cause for the lung damage, the common consensus is to lay off the vape products as much as possible.
Early symptoms that you should look out for include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, coughing, fever, and shortness of breath lasting more than a few hours. These symptoms also mirror Pneumonia and warrant a trip to the emergency room for a consultation. What may seem as minimal as not being able to take a deep breath could turn into a more serious matter if vape pens are a part of your normal routine.
Ways to Avoid Dangerous Vaping
- Only Buy Vape Pens From Trusted Retailers - A common thread in these cases has also been where patients have purchased their vape pen. Do not trust a street vendor or the black market to supply quality vape pens. In fact, you should steer clear of both and other avenues similar to ensure that you are buying government approved vape pens.
- Don't Modify/Add Any Substances to Vape Products - Modifying or adding your own blend to the cartridges could throw off the chemical balance of the ingredients and potentially affect how your body reacts.
- Check Testing Labels - Since the chemical Vitamin E Acetone has been a common ingredient in most of the recent cases, it's imperative that you check the testing labels of the vape product to ensure it's not an active ingredient.
- Make Sure Your Battery is Functioning Properly - According to CannabisNow, cannabis concentrates heated above 750 degrees Fahrenheit produce the carcinogen benzene as the terpenes degrade; a functioning battery doesn't heat up to extreme temperatures.
The more you know about what's going on with the products you use in constant rotation, the better. And if you’re concerned about your health or the health of a loved one who is using an e-cigarette product, contact your healthcare provider, or your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.