A VAPING mum-of-three blames her e-cigarette habit for a mystery lung illness which saw her put in a coma.
Texas woman Sherie Canada says she feels “a lot of guilt and shame” after doctors found fluid and blood clots in her lungs, as “I did this to myself”.
The mum told KTAB that she began vaping three-and-a-half-years ago as she thought it was safer than puffing on a cigarette.
The various vaping flavours soon had her hooked.
At the start of this year, Sherie suffered chest pain, unexplained weight loss and a bad cough.
And then, a few months ago, her symptoms intensified and she struggled to keep liquids down.
Sherie was rushed to A&E in Abilene when she struggled to breathe.
After being told her lung tissue was inflamed, the mum was given antibiotics and discharged from hospital.
Unfortunately, her chest pain increased so much that she had to return the next day, and it was discovered that she had blood clots and fluid in her lungs, said the Texas-based channel.
Six days after being admitted to the intensive care unit Sherie was put in a medically-induced coma.
Doctors told her that vaping was the most likely cause of her being critically ill.
She said it had been a “scary” experience, and that before being put in a coma, she had been “praying and hoping that I woke up”.
Now that her health has improved, Sherie has spoken about her terrifying three-week-long hospitalisation so others are made aware of the potential dangers of vaping.
This is particularly as the mum felt “guilty being in ICU on my middle son’s 13th birthday and intubated on my 15-year-old son’s birthday. I did this to myself.”
HUNDREDS OF LUNG ILLNESSES
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America, there have been “380 cases of lung illness reported from 36 states and one US territory.
“Six deaths have been reported from six states.
“All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.”
E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
The liquid can contain nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives.
It’s too early to pinpoint a single product or substance common to all lung illnesses.
The CDC said last week that “no single product has been linked to all cases of lung disease.
“Initial findings from [a recent] investigation into serious lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette products point to clinical similarities among those affected.
“While many of the patients, but not all, reported recent use of THC-containing products, some reported using both THC- and nicotine-containing products.
“A smaller group reported using nicotine only.
“No evidence of infectious diseases has been identified in these patients, therefore lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure.
“However, it is too early to pinpoint a single product or substance common to all cases.”
It added that, “as of today, more than 25 states have reported possible cases of lung illnesses associated with use of e-cigarette products.”
The organisation’s director, Robert Redfield, said it was “committed to finding out what is making people sick”.
Early last week American President Donald Trump announced attempts to ban almost all flavoured vaping products in the US.
But he appeared to change his mind on Friday, tweeting that he liked the vaping alternative to cigarettes, but counterfeits should be kept “off the market”.
How safe are e-cigarettes in the UK?
In the UK, e-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality.
They’re not completely risk free, but they carry a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes.
E-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.
The liquid and vapour contain some potentially harmful chemicals also found in cigarette smoke, but at much lower levels.
While nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes, it’s relatively harmless.
Almost all of the harm from smoking comes from the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which are toxic.
Nicotine replacement therapy has been widely used for many years to help people stop smoking and is a safe treatment.
There’s no evidence so far that vaping causes harm to other people around you.
This is in contrast to secondhand smoke from smoking, which is known to be very harmful to health.
The UK versus USA – how vaping compares
Two chemicals found in two popular vaping flavours could destroy lung function, experts have warned.
Inhaling the popcorn and caramel e-cig liquids could increase a vaper’s risk of respiratory diseases, their findings suggest.
Popcorn flavoured e-cig liquid is especially harmful, thanks to the chemical diacetyl, which has been linked to “popcorn lung”.
In the UK, diacetyl was banned in e-cigarette liquid under the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) in 2016.
So, e-liquids sold in the UK shouldn’t contain diacetyl but if you get your liquid on holiday, you may well find that it includes it.