Vaping and e-cigarette use. Mysterious lung manifestations and an epidemic. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Vaping and e-cigarette use. Mysterious lung manifestations and an epidemic.
Curr Opin Immunol. 2020 Oct ;66:143-150. Epub 2020 Nov 10. PMID: 33186869
Alicia M Casey
Electronic (e)-cigarette use and the practice of vaping has rapidly expanded both in adult smokers and previously nicotine naïve youths. Research has focused on harm reduction in adults using e-cigarettes to stop or reduce traditional cigarette use, but the short and long-term safety of these products has not been established. Vaping has more recently been associated with a growing list of pulmonary complications with the most urgent being the e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) epidemic. This review details the inhalant toxicology of vaping products, the described lung diseases associated with vaping with a focus on EVALI, and the predicted long-term consequences of e-cigarette use, including increased asthma severity.