Doctors Spot a New Lung Illness Tied to Vaping

THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Canadian researchers report a new twist on the spate of deaths and lung damage from vaping in the United States. A 17-year-old boy may well be the first case of a novel type of lung injury from vaping. The condition is similar to "popcorn lung," which is seen in workers exposed to the chemical flavoring diacetyl, an ingredient used to produce microwave popcorn, researchers said. When inhaled, the chemical causes inflammation and obstruction of the small airways in the lungs. "The type of lung injury our patient suffered is different from the pattern of injury seen in the outbreak of cases in the U.S., meaning that there is more than one way vaping

Not Just a Lung Problem: How E-Cigs May Affect Your Heart, Brain, and Blood Vessels

Recent research shows that e-cigarettes can affect not just the lungs, but also the heart, brain, and blood vessels. A new study found a single vaping episode caused a number of changes in the cardiovascular health of 20 healthy cigarette smokers. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak of lung disease linked to vaping that has led to 42 deaths. With the number of vaping-related lung injuriesTrusted Source in the United States topping 2,000, much of the focus has been on the effects of e-cigarettes on the lungs. But recent research shows that vaping may also harm the heart, brain, and blood vessels. And it could even damage the heart more —

Cancer in Senegal: 'I had to sell everything to pay for treatment'

"It's really expensive. When all this started, I had to sell everything I owned," says cancer patient Awa Florence. "I don't have anything left. I'm a widow and I don't have the means to pay for further tests." The school administrator from Senegal's capital city, Dakar, was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. Cancer is a growing problem in Africa and Senegal is the latest country to try to improve patient care by subsiding chemotherapy in all public hospitals. The government says the drugs will be free for women suffering from breast or cervical cancer and up to 60% cheaper for other types of cancers. Some of the essential drugs needed to treat the side effects of chemotherapy will al

Secondhand smoke linked to high blood pressure

Researchers say exposure can negatively affect heart health The negative effects of secondhand smoke have been documented for decades, and now researchers are urging consumers to avoid all smoky environments in an effort to protect their health. “Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke regardless of whether the smoker is still in the room,” said researcher Byung Jin Kim. “Our study in non-smokers shows that the risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) is higher with longer duration of passive smoking -- but even the lowest amounts are dangerous.” Reducing health risks The study included over 130,000 participants, all of whom never smoked. The researchers measured their urine levels to gauge how

What “Social Smoking” Does To Your Body, According To Doctors

The dangers of smoking have been publicized for decades, but people who are "social smokers" — who only smoke at parties, social events, or rare occasions — may believe they aren't subject to the same health dangers as pack-a-day smokers. That couldn't be further from the truth, experts tell Bustle. Social smoking, even if it only occurs on rare occasions, can result in serious health issues, especially for your lungs and heart, and can cause nicotine addiction. A study of U.S. adults aged 18-24 in 2017 found that 18% identified as social smokers, but doctors say "social smoking" is an imprecise term because it describes a lot of different behaviors, doctors tell Bustle — and that's part of


Smoking is the second leading cause of cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease, after high blood pressure. Therefore, to quit smoking is one of the best things you can do for your heart and health. It’s never too late to quit smoking because quitting almost immediately provides benefits and if you persevere, over time your risk of heart disease and stroke can fall almost identical to that of a non-smoker. The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA encourages all South Africans to avoid smoking or the use of other tobacco products and to protect yourself and your family from exposure to second-hand smoke, or passive smoking. Both smoking and passive smoking pose very real dangers to your h

Lok Sabha takes up bill to ban e-cigarettes

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019, seeks to replace an ordinance issued on September 18. Cutting across party lines, members of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday supported the Bill to ban the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes though the Congress questioned the government's decision to adopt the ordinance route for the legislation. The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019, seeks to replace an ordinance issued on September 18. The Bill was moved for considera

Vaping and Oral Health

By now, we all know smoking tobacco is bad for our teeth and mouths. Smoking drastically increases your risk for oral cancer, causes more dental plaque, chronic bad breath, and an increased chance of gum disease. But that’s why e-cigarettes were invented, right? Sorry, but no. New research shows vaping is just as bad for your teeth as smoking traditional cigarettes. Let’s highlight three areas of concern: Receding Gums Nicotine reduces blood flow, which, in turn, affects your teeth and gums. Without enough blood flowing through your veins, your gums don’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Severely receding gums lead to tooth sensitivity, increased risk of cavities and,

Smoking and its effects on the skin

Introduction Skin and hair are exposed to various environmental noxious agents, including tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke consists of thousands of substances that damage the skin, and nicotine itself is harmful. Beyond its known links to cancer, lung and heart disease, smoking is associated with premature skin ageing, delayed wound healing, and increased infections, as well as a number of skin disorders, particularly psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and cutaneous lupus erythematosus. There is a general observation that smokers tend to be more severely affected than non-smokers by the majority of inflammatory skin diseases — even acne —and various conditions are often more difficult to treat