Does Vaping Cause COPD?
E-cigarettes relatively new and the research on their effects, especially the potential long-term effects, is limited. Other than that, vaping products usually contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug, although they do not involve tobacco smoke inhalation. Some vaping products may also contain cancer-causing substances or carcinogens, toxic chemicals, and toxic metal nanoparticles.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires warnings on vaping products that contain nicotine and tobacco from 2018 and onward. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco cigarettes. But the CDC advise e-cigarette should be avoided by young people, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently take tobacco.
A small study published in 2016, tells that nicotine-containing vaping products cause lung inflammation and lung tissue damage. COPD development is associated with these effects. Both cultured human lung cells and mice used in the study showed dependency on nicotine over the course of the research.