Severe dehydration due to vaping, asthma, EVALIE: myth or reality?

Severe dehydration due to vaping, asthma, EVALIE: myth or reality?

Are media claims about severe dehydration caused by vaping true?

Recently, some media sources have claimed that vaping can cause severe dehydration. According to these allegations, “excessive” consumption of nicotine by vaping, defined as the use of a quarter of a pod per day (equivalent to approximately five cigarettes per day), would be responsible for this phenomenon. Yet this statement seems to defy logic.

Indeed, if vaping were truly a cause of severe dehydration, we would expect to observe this phenomenon also in smokers of traditional cigarettes, who consume similar or greater amounts of nicotine. With approximately 11 million adults and 2,1 million adolescents using e-cigarettes in the United States, there is no concrete evidence demonstrating an increase in cases of severe dehydration among vapers.

Journalistic irresponsibility in question

Articles like those from WILX News (Television Station in Michigan, USA) and WJXT4 (Independent Television Station in Jacksonville, Florida, USA), which spread misinformation and unfounded insinuations, contribute to fueling fear around vaping and may dissuade smokers from switching to a potentially less harmful alternative. For example, these articles report that “one in five high school students vapes,” while the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey indicates that only 10% of high school students currently vape.

Additionally, the claim that “flavored vapes contain as much nicotine as two packs of cigarettes” is often misinterpreted by the public and even some healthcare professionals. Nicotine is often wrongly blamed for causing serious illnesses such as lung cancer, when it is the chemicals in cigarette smoke that are primarily responsible.

Study on link between asthma and vaping has many flaws

A recent study claims that vaping increases the risk of early onset asthma. However, this study has several important limitations. For example, it did not take into account various environmental and genetic factors that can influence the onset of asthma. In addition, e-cigarette use was measured very roughly, including individuals who had only vaped once or twice in the 30 days preceding the survey.

Additionally, participants did not specify the exact date of their asthma diagnosis or when they started vaping, making it difficult to establish a reliable causal relationship between vaping and onset of asthma. asthma.

Is the EVALI crisis still relevant?

The authors of a recent study use data from 2020 to argue that the EVALI crisis (lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes or vaping products) continues to pose a threat to public health. However, it is crucial to remember that this epidemic peaked between September and October 2019. Before declaring that EVALI remains a crisis, it would be relevant to examine the data from the following years (2021, 2022, and 2023) to have a more current and precise vision of the situation.

Synthetic: Dehydration, asthma, EVALI crisis...vaping seems responsible for all the ills for media lacking an audience, or in a hurry to create a buzz...Let's remember that vaping is a withdrawal tool, like any tool it can be dangerous when it is misused (stupid example: if I put rat poison in my e-liquid, who is responsible for the problems I will have, the vape or the moron having added a lethal substance to his juice??? ). Let's remember not to vape if we don't smoke... tell your loved ones, and above all, let's remember to keep our critical thinking whether it's for vaping or for any other subject!

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