What Exactly Is a Vape?

by | Mar 16, 2019 | Blog, Cellular Therapy, COPD

Vape devices entered the U.S. market a little over 10 years ago, and there are still many people who may not know much about these products. Lung Health Institute wants to help you expand your knowledge of these increasingly popular devices.

Basics of Vape Devices

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are hand-held devices that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and brands. However, there are several components that most e-cigarettes have in common.

One component that most e-cigarettes have is a battery that provides power for the device. They also typically contain a cartridge or storage tank for the liquid it turns into vapor. E-cigarettes also have a mouthpiece that allows the user to inhale the vapor. Finally, these devices contain a heating element called a vaporizer that turns the stored liquid into vapor. It’s the inclusion of the vaporizer that has lead to e-cigarettes being commonly referred to as vapes.

Some Reasons You Should Be Wary of Using a Vape

Vapes have sometimes been advertised as being better for your lungs than smoking tobacco products. While this is partially true, there are still several reasons you should be wary of using a vape.

One reason you should be wary of vapes is the liquid they vaporize often still contains nicotine. Although you can purchase nicotine-free vape liquid, many users purchase liquids that contain nicotine. This chemical is what creates the addiction factor in traditional tobacco products, and research has shown that it can cause a variety of health issues on its own.

Another reason you should be cautious about using a vape is these devices may still cause chronic lung diseases to develop. In addition to nicotine, vape liquid has also been shown to contain toxic chemicals that cause airway irritation and inflammation, and chronic inflammation is one of the most prominent risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions.


Chronic Lung Disease Patients Can Find Help at Lung Health Institute

Our health care team at Lung Health Institute wants you to find the help you need if you’re a chronic lung disease patient. One way that we may be able to help you is with the information provided in our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans. The information these plans offer may have several benefits for you, including helping you boost your immune system and training your body to use fats to reduce inflammation.

Another way we may be able to help is with the cellular therapy we offer. When patients receive cellular therapy, a sample of the patient’s own blood is taken, and helpful cells are separated and concentrated from your blood sample. These concentrated cells are then returned into the bloodstream. This may improve the body’s ability to repair damaged lung tissue and reduce inflammation, which may help patients to Breathe Easier™ and improve their quality of life.

Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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