The Truth Behind Recent Lung Illness Outbreak: Is vaping to blame?

The Truth Behind Recent Lung Illness Outbreak: Is vaping to blame?

ALEX ZEIG61 comments

You’ve probably heard the news about what’s being called a “crisis” around vaping and the potentially harmful effects of vaping. It’s escalated to a point where even the president is considering taking action around restricting access to vape juices. If you vape, then you may have felt a little anxiety over what might be one of your favorite little hobbies. That’s understandable, but it’s important to make sure you have all the facts so you can make a smart choice and calculate risk as accurately as you can.

With that in mind, let’s go over a few things you should know going forward as a vaper, because the problem may be more avoidable than the media is implying at this point. Here are a few points you should understand as a vaper.


Never buy black market

One of the biggest advantages to buying directly from a retailer is that you get much more insight into how the product was made. A bootleg vape juice that came from an unlicensed extractor could be filled with all kinds of harmful chemicals. That’s where many of those afflicted with this lung disease have gotten their vape juice, which is part of why it’s so difficult to figure out what is causing this illness: we don’t know exactly what these people have consumed.


Everything you find here at VaporDNA is going to be directly from reputable brands you can trust for quality and safety. You can’t say that for certain about anything that’s homemade. Protect yourself and shop at only legitimate storefronts.


Because of the legal gray area that cannabis resides in the United States, you’re much more likely to find THC vape juices on the black market than you are nicotine products. This means that black market buyers have no insight to the quality of the extraction or the starting material that was extracted. With no regulations to ensure this quality, it’s much easier for moldy cannabis or the use of dangerous pesticides that end up in the final product. This can leave behind harmful chemicals that lead to the kind of illness we’re seeing reported now.


And, again, because of this legal gray area, people are less likely to tell their doctors that they are using a chemical that’s illegal in their state. This misinforms medical professionals and it makes vaporizing the easy scapegoat for what is likely due to a much more specific issue with the extraction of the e-juice.

Only vaporize safe compounds

While vaporizing itself is safe, it all comes down to what chemicals are being vaporized in this context. The nicotine and CBD vapes you find here are going to be safe for vaporizing. Problems start to arise when people vape things like THC or vitamin E acetate. These compounds can be extremely volatile when exposed to the high temperatures it requires to properly vaporize an e-juice, which can cause the issues you’re seeing reported in the news lately.

 Not all vape juices are made equal. Some manufacturers are going to cut some corners to save on the cost of making these devices. Sometimes that means using a cheaper metal that doesn’t respond well to high heat. Some of these metals can give off small amounts of toxic vapor that can be harmful to the lungs. Sometimes it’s worth it to spend a bit more for higher quality devices and components not just for a better vaping experience, but for your own health.

There is also cause for concern around the cutting agents manufacturers use to make their product vapable in the first place. Most people are aware of the PG/VG balance that every vape juice is going to create. These chemicals, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, are safe to consume. These are not the only cutting agents that manufacturers can use, however, even if that’s how it should be done. Now more than ever, it’s important that these other chemicals get tested for their safety to humans when vaporized, and that any unsafe compounds be regulated appropriately in the future.


Always ask questions

Whether you’re shopping here at VaporDNA or at your local vape shop down the block, never be afraid to get all the information you need. The person behind the counter is there to answer your questions, as does our customer service department. If you’re unsure about a certain cutting agent or what metal a certain device is made with, there’s no harm in just asking the question to either set your mind at ease or purchase a different device.


Don’t vape with a known lung condition

Some of the victims of this lung disease already had a condition that was compounded by their vaping habit. Quite simply, this was a bad idea from the start. If you know your lungs are already in a fragile or weakened state, whether it be from an illness or an injury, you absolutely should not be vaporizing in the first place.


Still better than smoking

While there are a number of problems to iron out in the recent surge in vaporizing across the world, it’s important to remember that as recently as this year, studies have shown that vaporizing is up to 95% less harmful than smoking tobacco. And, in fact, vaporizing your nicotine has become an effective way for people to get away from smoking. So, while the recent findings are worth looking into and responding to, it’s still a bad idea to go back to smoking and all the toxins and tar that comes along with it. Whether you choose to keep vaping or not, stay away from cigarettes.


The blame game is likely going to continue moving in circles for the next few months, but we believe it’s important to consider all the facts and decide what you should really be afraid of. The vape industry is likely to see some changes in the near future, we just hope that those changes come from a perspective that’s considering all the relevant information.



Comments (61)


Why won’t the democrat propaganda arm of TV News,Actually Report the Truth? Could be they are trying to get a replacement for the millions that the tobacco industry deal was. It was used to fill their coffers. Stories about the REAL cause have been out for some time now! Like this.-“Contaminant found in marijuana vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, tests show” - Its ALWAYS about the MONEY! Taxing, and Over-Regulating a whole new industry shall commence I predict. Lots of new paperwork forms, government certifications, inspections who knows what else? These are all on their way I will predict. We, as consumers will be paying for all this forever. It will be dollars added onto every bottle of juice made from now on. Why? So government money stealers can waste more of our hard earned money!

Joshua Cornwall

The problem is, if sweeping regulations take place overnight, and put out of business the entrepreneurs who built this industry (convienniently creating ample markets for a select few conpanies) people really WILL turn to the black market for cheap flavorful nicotine e-liquid. I know I will be stocking up on DIY in the coming months…

Nick Wolfe

I quit smoking and started vaping 11 years ago after my daughter was born. I tried everything and couldn’t be thankful enough for vaping. In vaping I helped my father and Grandpa to quit smoking and start vaping.

Rachel Baker

p.s. vaping was never a way to quit for me,I like it ,especially as it doesn’t make me feel bad like cigarettes. I’m 50 years old and dangit if I want to vape ,I dang well should be able to.

Rachel Baker

I stopped smoking cigarettes 10 years ago,went to e-ciggs ,smokstik. Then to juice vaping. All i can say is that I can now wake up without coughing a lung up and i don’t feel like crap after vaping like I did when I smoked regular cigarettes. Hope we win this fight,because I won’t go back.

Lisa Brown

My husband smoked for 16 years, I had smoked for 10 years myself. Back when my husband started, he was 14 years old. Not one person batted an eye at it or told him to stop. Everyone just ignored it. Around the time we quit together, I had gotten pregnant with our son. He promised me he would quit with me. Together we did some research and digging and came across vaping. Today we are both 6 years cigarette free. Vaping has saved our lives. We feel so much better, can do way more without getting winded, breathe so much more freely, and actually taste what we are eating. My husbands got more energy to put towards our son, and soon to be daughter and we both are much happier!

Jan Foster

I smoked for 22 yrs and have quit for soon to be 5 yrs in Dec. with vaping. I love to vape, i enjoy the flavors. If they ban flavors not sure what I will do but rest assured I will not be vaping tobacco. I never liked tobacco when I smoked!!! I feel so much better, my lungs r great per my Dr. Matter of fact before I started vaping my Dr wanted to have my lungs xrayed. No need now. I can breath no coughing no bronchitis no stinking cig smell. We gotta fight this people!!!! Keep on vaping….

Warren Tillman

I am 65 years old, I started smoking Lucky Strike and Chesterfields at age 13 mainly because that’s what my parents smoked. I started vaping 4 years ago when I buried a good friend who died from lung cancer, she was 52 years old. I made a promise to her I would quit but after 48 years of smoking 3 packs a day quitting was not possible for me, so I tried Vaping. It took a while to transition from smoking to vaping but I did it! Almost immediately I could taste again, smell again and BREATH again! No more wheezing and constant coughing, it was/is amazing. I can not understand ( really I can) why vaping is so looked down on in the USA. The U.K. and Europe embrace vaping they even have vape shops in Hospitals for crying out loud. In closing all I can say is vaping has saved my life I probably wouldn’t be here if not for vaping or God forbid hooted up to some machine trying just to breath!

Louai Jambi

I stopped smoking with the help of vape 💨
25 years of smoking tobacco and thought I will never be able to quit

Thanks VAPE , Thanks VaporDNA


I started smoking at 16 till I was 30 and starting to vape around 30 years old to quit smoking and it has helped me tremendously and am at only 3 mg of nicotine, my life has improved per quit smoking and reduced my chances of cancer, COPD, lung disease as well as severe lung damage, I’ve been vaping for 8 years and had two surgeries per sports injuries and lung x rays came out normal, blood work came out normal and no risk to anesthesia, if I were still smoking cigarettes the results would of came out with abnormal lungs, I haven’t had any medical problems pertaining to vaping, also I am able to breath better I can still run without shortness of breath and train without complications, the black market has put an impact on vaping which is non sense per the CBD is having black market companies in which these people and kids are buying from and not know what there getting from these black market companies. The media wants to ruin vaping in which it has helped millions of people stop smoking and improved there life from a bad product containing 4,000 chemicals which in results of multiple deaths and life complications, but yet they still sell cigarettes and don’t see an uproar that people are still dying from cigarettes, really media? Kids smokes cigarettes, they get drunk on weekends still get access to flavored alcohol and get DUI or cause accidents or emotional outburst but yet I don’t see any action taking towards under age drinking per flavored beverages, come on! Keep vaping on my friends and lets fight this!

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