USA: Vapotage, vaporization ... The use of oils actually explains many deaths!

USA: Vapotage, vaporization ... The use of oils actually explains many deaths!

E-cigarette, vaping, vaporization ... Terms that mix and that often damages the vape as we know it! Indeed, the term e-cigarette can in no way refer to heated tobacco as vaping can be compared to a vaporization of something other than an e-liquid. And the debate seems to be there because today we learn that the sometimes fatal cases of lung disease in US users could be related to the use of cannabis oil and vitamin E oil, two lipid substances that are dangerous for lungs.


For several days now, vaping has undergone numerous attacks all over the world. The media and some government organizations tend to explain that the practice is dangerous, spreading panic among vapers and smokers. Indeed, Five deaths and 450 sick so far. US health authorities have updated the September 6 the growing numbers of victims of "vaporization" in the United States.

Yet, there is no mention of e-liquid consumption! Because if the marks or substances involved are not yet known, two points common to a majority of these cases emerge: that of the vapor inhalation of products containing THC, the active substance of cannabis, and the presence in the e - vitamin E oil fluids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clearly, nothing to do with the vape we know!

« In both cases, it is oily substances", Emphasizes the professor Bertrand Dautzenberg, tobacco expert, former pulmonologist and president of Paris Sans Tabac. And it's that oily character that could be at the origin of pulmonary pathologies: " according to X-rays that I have seen, patients registered in the United States may suffer from lipoid pneumopathies", An infection of the lungs caused by the inhalation of lipid substances, according to the specialist. Photographs of pulmonary cells of CDC-published fat vesicle-laden vapers also support this hypothesis.

If Vitamin E Oil or Cannabis " is not dangerous when ingested in a 'space cake' or burned"She becomes so when she is inhaled.

And for good reason: the vaporization process is not that of a combustion but of a so-called "high temperature" vaporization. This temperature is still too low to degrade the chemical compounds in the liquid, including the oil. The vapers inhale an aerosol of the same composition as the initial liquid, including any harmful products: propylene glycol, possibly vegetable glycerine, water, nicotine in variable dose, flavorings, and any other substance added to mixed.

Thus, if the liquid contains oil, the latter is " driven into the lungs by propylene glycol in an emulsion form* and the droplets of oil are deposited in the pulmonary alveoli Says Professor Dautzenberg. " It's like pouring mayonnaise directly into the lungs! He is indignant. Result, " lThe lung becomes white and can no longer perform its respiratory functions".


In the current state of knowledge, the oil trail in e-liquids is only a hypothesis, " but this is the most likely", Says Professor Dautzenberg. Looking forward to more comprehensive results and as long as the light on these cases has not been made, the CDCs recommend to the vapers not to not to buy these products in the street, to modify them, nor to add substances not envisaged by the manufacturer".

In France, " 35.000 products authorized by ANSES and today sold in stores do not contain oil "Says the tobacco expert, who recommends to users to stick to these liquids and to respect a simple rule:" no oil in the vape! »

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