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Are e-cigarettes putting deadly mold and bacterias into your lungs??

Photo image of a "Vape" or "Cigarette" being used by a beard man with a cloud of smoke exiting his lips.

Do E Cigarettes “Vapes” cause mold and bacterias to grow in your lungs?

Whats an E Cigarette?

E-cigarettes are being marketed as a “Healthy Alternative” to traditional smoking. This claim is made due to the lack of smoke and tar present in the paper rolled type we all know. E-Cigarettes known as “Vapes”,  use a vapor technology that creates a significant seem cloud when the reservoir of E-Liquid (water, glycol or glycerine and nicotine) is ignited by the device each time it is drawn on by the user. E-Cigrettes do contain Nicotine and can be addictive.

Full Disclosure:

I am not a smoker. I did, however, grow up in a home where both my mom and dad were heavy smokers so I no doubt inhaled my share of second hand smoke.

I can appreciate the addictive power of nicotine and and how difficult it is for smokers to give up the habit.

 

New Habits Better or Worse?

The new rage among both old in young smokers is to substitute the E-Cigarette or “Vape” for the tobacco rolled cigarette. You likely have seen them around your town and witnessed the propagation of bill board adds and stores selling the devices and oil supplies.

I began wondering if they really are a safe alternative and what research has gone into their use.

Whats an Indoor Air Quality Guy to Think?

A few months ago my curiosity got the better of me and I started asking “Vape” users what it was all about. Their answers made me ask more questions and caused me to start researching the product and its relative safety and risks.

Do E-Cigarettes cause lung mold?

E-Cigarettes in and of themselves do not put their users at risk for coming into contact with mold and bacterias.

The correlation of increases of mold and bacterias in the mouth and lungs of users appears to be due to hygiene issues. A recent study by Dr. Mohammed Fakery showed that, in a small sample of of currently used E-Cigarettes, 2/3 ads of the devices had significant strains of mold, yeasts and bacterias. The study was small, and limited, but still cause for concern and additional research. Dr. Fakery stated  that his “results were a good reminder of the need to clean the devices before and after each use”.

A study by UCSD Dr. Laura Alexander found that use of e-cigaretes could increase the aggressiveness of the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MERSA). MERSA is most commonly seen as a skin infections. Inhaling e-cigarette increases PH levels, stresses skin cells and eases the introduction of infections and fungi on the mouth and lips and interior of the body and lungs. Yuck!

In fairness Dr. Alexander stated ” regular cigarette smoke induces environmental changes that are 10 time greater for the growth of bacteria than e-cigarette vapor”.

Cleaning? We don’t need no stinking cleaning!

Kidding aside cleaning is a requirement. Don’t share the device with others. don’t carry it in your pocket or purse unless its in a sealed container and clean it every time.

Study the device manufacture directions for frequent and proper cleaning techniques.

Best Advise From An Indoor Air Quality Professional:

Put nothing in your lungs and the lungs of those around you other than nice clean, fresh air.

More Information on Mold and Indoor Air Quality Issues at work and home.

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Bob Byrne specializes in Indoor Air Quality and Mold inspections in the Knoxville area.

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