I Am 35-Years-Old and Have the Early Signs of COPD

Vaping is not consequence-free

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Photo by the CDC on Unsplash

I’ll start at the beginning

Yesterday morning I woke up with sharp pains in my chest. It was happening when I was breathing deeply and moving. When the pains became worse, I drove myself to the local emergency room. I was convinced I was having a heart attack.

A rude awakening

This was good news, at least I wasn’t dying.

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X-ray photo courtesy of www.emedicine.medscape.com

What is an e-cigarette?

An e-cigarette is a battery-powered pen-shaped device that changes liquid nicotine into a vapor, that the user inhales. You can choose to have any level of nicotine in your e-liquid, including none at all. E-cigarettes do not contain all of the harmful ingredients associated with smoking actual cigarettes, such as carbon monoxide and tar.

The “vaping illness”

We have all read the cautionary news articles that our concerned grandmothers and aunts share on Facebook about the mysterious “vaping illness”.

What about using vaping as a tool to quit smoking?

Vaping does have its place. It has helped me and numerous other people quit smoking.

A terrifying thought

I smoked for thirteen years. I started vaping five years ago to quit smoking and I am now showing the early signs of COPD in diagnostic imaging.

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