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Does Vaping Cause Wet Lung? 

Will vaping give you the lung condition?

Becky Spencer-Davies, 17/04/2019 


e’ve heard of Popcorn Lung, now there is a new kid on the block, Wet Lung. You might have heard the news story that hit the headlines last year in America- “Teen develops wet lung after vaping for just 3 weeks”. The news channels jumped on this story saying that it was purely vaping that caused the condition.

The young girl was admitted to the hospital after suffering chest pains, coughing and having trouble breathing. She was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome, which the newspapers called wet lung and put down to vaping.

In this blog we are going to look at what this illness is and whether or not will vaping cause wet lung.

What is wet lung?

Wet lung, or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), happens when matter breathed into the lungs triggers an immune response. As a result the lung tissue becomes inflamed causing shortness of breath, feeling faint, tired and confused. This can be caused by allergies to things like dust.

Could vaping cause wet lung?

Vaping cannot accumulate water in your lungs. In fact the contents of e-juice, PG and VG, are humectants which means that they absorb moisture. Ever get a dry mouth from vaping? Yep, that will be why. If vaping did cause water on the lungs then so would taking a hot shower, going to a steam room, or even cooking pasta without the window open. 

Is wet lung just scare tactics? 

Was this another way to scare people off of vaping? Encourage us to keep smoking and breathing in 1000 of chemicals, many of which are known to cause cancer. The teen in the news story was said to have suffered with her symptoms due to allergies, including dust. Journalists sensationalised the story by using the term wet lung, despite it rarely being used my medical professionals.

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos made a statement about the situation - “This is the first time that I see a case report being featured in the media. This is a new low for e-cigarette opponents. The “wet lung" is… total nonsense. The case was about an allergic reaction causing pneumonia.”

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