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Vaping and COPD

Should you vape if you have COPD

Becky Spencer-Davies 

We know that the main cause of COPD is smoking cigarettes. As vaping is fairly new and therefore there is not enough research into vaping and COPD. However, there has been some insight into the link between the two. It has been recommended by the Lung Institute that those with COPD avoid vaping and smoking cigarettes. 

What is COPD?

COPD, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition which affects around 30 million people in the US. It is predominantly caused by being exposed to cigarette smoke. If you suffer from COPD then you would find it hard to breathe. 

Should I quit smoking if I have COPD?

If you have COPD you should not be smoking. Smoking cigarettes can further damage your lungs, not to mention cause other diseases and illnesses. We do understand that quitting smoking is not an easy feat. It takes huge amounts of willpower to break the habits formed over the years. Not only that, there is the nicotine addiction and withdrawal to contend with.

Should I start vaping if I have COPD?

For many vaping is a great way to quit smoking. It provides a throat hit, nicotine, the act of smoking and a much nicer flavour. However, vaping and COPD might not go hand in hand. If you have Chronic bronchitis or emphysema then your best bet might be nicotine replacement therapy. While vaping is said to be 95% safer than smoking cigarettes, it is best to avoid it if you suffer with a serious lung condition.   

What is Nicotine Replacement Therapy?

Nicotine replacement therapy or NRT includes things like nicotine gum and patches. These can be brought at your local chemist or supermarket.  

How can I quit smoking without NRT?

If you decide to go cold turkey you can expect a tough couple of days of cravings. It takes around 3-4 days for nicotine to fully leave your body. During this time cravings will start and be intense. They will last around 20 minutes and then pass. If a craving hits then try to keep yourself busy and distracted. Some try eating something such as gum or hard boiled sweets to keep their mouth busy.   

Is vaping and COPD a no go?

Obviously, the choice is yours. If you are currently smoking and do not want to use NRT or go cold turkey then vaping will be a better option. At least vaping is 95% safer than smoking. Then you can gradually move off of the vape as you reduce your nicotine intake over time.   

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