If you read a recent anti-vaping blog post with a headline of “Vaping Now Linked to Brain Damage, Narrow Arteries, and Serious Lung Damage,” take a moment to review the criticism it received.
Like shoddy journalism and lazy research.
Appearing at least twice in websites such as Living Traditionally and Real Farmacy in April and May, the anti-vaping blog post went viral despite being was constructed around misleading accusations against e-cigarettes and promoting wheatgrass to “detox your body from toxic substances,” snopes.com reported.
Early studies indicate e-cigarettes are significantly less risky health-wise than combustible cigarettes, but long-term research has yet to develop, leaving a myriad of questions. The online articles noted the presence of heavy metals in each vaping puff and appeared to make irresponsible jump in claims about cardiovascular problems, which have yet not been authenticated by the scientific community.
Regarding claims of vaping creating “brain damage” and “narrow arteries” during use, the pair of nearly identical blogs loosely connected the broad range afflictions with incomplete, or in some cases, non-existent research.
Snopes.com reported the articles “misstated scientific fact in several cases while overselling the scientific confidence in the adverse health effects of vaping.”
Here is a look at the afflictions the blogs discussed, and reasons to dismiss their journalistic integrity:
Despite appearing in the headline as an attention-grabber, the link does not appear to be adequately explored in the pieces. In fact, the lone neurological system mentioned was “hyperactivity in children,” which has yet to be scientifically substantiated.
While Vasoconstriction was attributed to the reduction in the width of blood vessels, it had previously been connected to nicotine consumption. But the blogs claimed vaping spurs the infliction and raises the risk of heart disease, which, again, has yet to be proven.
Serious Lung Damage
The blogs targeted respiratory issues directly related to vaping, including “popcorn lung.”
Popcorn lung is also known as bronchiolitis obliterans and is caused by the presence of a chemical, which has been discovered in all but 12 of “51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and liquids sold by leading brands,” snopes.com reported.
The articles, however, do not cite published evidence of popcorn lung developing from vaping.
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