I normally brush these kinds of articles aside due to the lack of time I have to spend reading nonsense but considering this article is from Medical News Today, I thought I'd give it a read to see if they raise some fair points about the vaping industry. And boy was I not disappointed.
The big problem I have with this article is not so much with the content (but I will make fun of that too) but with how they shoehorn in vaping and COPD in the title but use a large majority of the article to talk about smoking cigarettes causing COPD and vaping rapidly takes a back seat toward the end.
Are e cigs and COPD related???
In short and uninformed, yes. In kind of short but informed, not as much as they want you to believe.
There is little research regarding vaping and COPD out there today but they have no problem talking about articles/studies that are related to the subject at hand but they are so distant, you could date them without it being socially reprehensible.
The article starts out using a lot of lawyer jargon like, "It may" and "it could cause" but offer very few hard facts and findings that make a dent in my mind. I understand they have a bias and don't want people vaping but could you be a little more transparent about the benefits of vaping? I mean, don't we all want people to quit smoking? We should band together rather than being divided on this. But nothing ever can work out that smoothly.
The article sites multiple studies from no name organizations that I had to researdh. Who knew I was gonna have a homework assignment to understand what they're talking about! They go on and on about the dangers of e-cigarettes but totally gloss over the fact the CDC SAYS ON THEIR SITE that vaping is less harmful than cigarettes.
This Medical News Today articles says, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that vaping is less harmful than smoking conventional cigarettes." False, the CDC doesn't just suggest, it blatantly states on their website that it is less harmful. You are bending terms to make the reader assume a level of doubt about vaping.
Vaping with Nicotine and COPD
Sometimes I wonder if the writers who write these articles understand who their demographic is or are they just being condescending. They state that in a small study from 2016 that mice grew dependent on nicotine. No shit, Sherlock. The American Cancer Society, CDC, FDA, and thousands of other organizations have been hammering that point home to customers since the 50's.
Correlation is NOT Causation
You've probably heard this a thousand times by your chemistry and science teachers from high school and college but it's true. Just because nicotine-containing vaping products triggered lung inflammation and COPD development is associated with those lung inflammation doesn't mean one caused the other. You can get lung inflammation from spending too much time sucking on car tailpipes, that doesn't mean COPD development is going to occur to you. I mean, for transparency purposes, it probably will, but you get the jist of what I'm saying, right? Right.
They don't outright state in the article that lung inflammation from vaping and COPD development go hand in hand. But they couch the sentences together to make the reader draw that conclusion. Little word manipulation!
Slight of Hand
After the article talks about a study from 2017, which plainly states that smokers show more signs of oxidative stress associated with lung disease, which again, is a no shit Sherlock moment. Their bite sized paragraph about it didn't even mention a relation between vaping and oxidative stress. So why put it in here? Other than to mislead the reader! After that, they jump straight into symptoms of COPD, how someone can get it, and when to see a doctor if symptoms arrive.
It's a little annoying that you reel me in with the tagline question, "Can vaping cause lung problems?" and then just heel turn into talking about COPD symptoms and cigarette connections and the like. While that is related to the subject at hand, it's discredits the article in my mind. Not to mention that they skim over all the other ways to get COPD which some are probably faster acting than vaping supposedly is.
The Real Takeaway here
At the end of the article, they give a lackluster explanation about how cigarettes are the leading cause of COPD and they are not sure if vaping is linked to COPD (but they'll lump cigarettes and vaping together to make the reader believe they are similar in risk). They state that the Lung Institute recommends people with COPD to avoid vaping. Of course they should avoid vaping! They already have trouble breathing, why tack on an aerosol product to your daily routine!? What about people who don't have COPD, is there any risk? Are there studies showing vapers experiencing shortness of breath? Why don't you go after those types of articles or research points? This whole article feels more misguided than informational to me. What do you think?
Let me know in the comments what you thought of this article. I may have been too harsh on it because it does offer plenty of resources that you don't normally see in other articles covering this topic but I just get really tired of reading these types of stories when the information is just off.