AAC Chief Medical Officer in Healthline Piece on Vaping and Toxicity
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, was featured in Healthline in an article on the toxic components in vaping devices and the recent rash of vaping-related lung illnesses.
Vaping has increased 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, and the CDC has reported more than 1,200 cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and nearly 30 deaths. While a generally accepted consensus is that e-cigarettes are less toxic than traditional cigarettes, experts are emphasizing that recent events show they aren’t as safe as once believed.
“Cadmium, nickel, manganese, lead, and chromium are all metals found in both e-cigarettes and cigarettes,” said Dr. Weinstein. “One metal in particular — chromium — specifically targets the respiratory tract. It also induces asthma, decreases lung function, and can cause cancer of the respiratory system, prostate, and stomach.”
There has yet to be an identified chemical that is behind the illnesses, but what has been identified thus far has caused the public to look at vaping differently.
To read the entire piece, visit Healthline.