Vaping and COPD: Is Vapor Smoking Bad for Lungs?


Is Vaping Harmful to COPD Sufferers?

More than 11 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). And as you can imagine, according to the American Lung Association, approximately 85 to 90% of COPD cases are caused by smoking.

But what about vaping? Is there a strong correlation to vaping and developing COPD down the road? What is treatment, such as stem cell therapy, like for those suffering from COPD? We discuss below.

Brief History of Vaping

Though a fairly recent trend, the first patent for e-cigarettes was created in 1963 by Herbert Gilbert. Although the product failed to gain popularity in that era, it was Hon Lik, a pharmacist from China, who patented and sold the first e-cigarette in the Chinese market in 2003.

By 2007, the e-cigarette came to the American market. From there, the trend grew in popularity, especially among smokers looking for healthier alternatives to cigarettes.

Users who vape use an e-cigarette that is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. Users inhale a mixture of chemicals and nicotine, not smoke.

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What is COPD?

COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is a progressive illness that affects a person’s respiratory system. It is an advanced, progressive lung disease where people experience difficulty breathing, both inhaling and exhaling, due to the inflammation of the lungs.

There are two types of COPD—chronic bronchitis and emphysema—and most people will have symptoms of both.

In addition to smoking, other major factors that could increase your chances of getting COPD include: air pollution, breathing secondhand smoke, being in close proximity to chemicals, dust, fumes, and genetics.

Vaping and COPD

So, is there a connection between vaping and COPD? Compared to cigarettes, e-cigarettes are a more healthy alternative and can help smokers improve their symptoms of COPD. However, according to BMC Medicine, “direct confirmation that long-term e-cigarette use leads to reductions in smoking-related diseases is not available and it will take a few decades before the tobacco harm reduction potential of this products is firmly established.”

In the same study, they also found that “Acute investigations do not appear to support negative respiratory health outcomes in e-cigarette users and initial findings from long-term studies are supportive of a beneficial effect of e-cigarette use in relation to respiratory outcomes.”

There still isn’t enough research on the correlation between vaping and increasing the risk of COPD.

In addition, although many smokers have moved to e-cigarettes in order to reduce their cigarette smoking habit, it’s still unclear if e-cigarettes help stop a person smoke altogether.

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COPD Stem Cell Therapy

This scientific methodology can treat a wide range of diseases, including COPD. Stem cell therapy is used to treat COPD patients by repairing tissue and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, the stem cells regenerate tissue to how it was meant to be. The stem cells are sent to the body where they act as building blocks that facilitate the healing process.

The stem cell treatment process available at NSI Stem Cell Center is a simple and natural procedure that is backed by scientific research. The process is simple as it does not require medication or procedures such as surgery.

The stem cell therapy for COPD is a simple three-step process, which includes harvest, separation, and returns.

During the harvest stage, a sample is taken from the patient using a simple liposuction procedure. After collecting the fat cells, they are mixed with a solution before the next stage. The solution is put in a specially designed device so that it will mix properly and help to separate the stem cells while in the centrifuge.

In the next stage, the stem cells need to be separated from the fat cells. After the solution is mixed properly, the stem cells are then ready for harvesting. These cells are taken through various procedures to help ensure the growth factors are working and that treatment will be effective.

Then in the return stage, the activated cells are ready to be returned into the patient’s bloodstream. This is done through an IV as the cells work their way from the bloodstream to the heart and pump the solution into the lungs.

Once in the body, the cells can divide through mitosis in order to produce additional healthy stem cells.

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To learn more on COPD visit the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Josh Axe, or read some more of our COPD articles here.

What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic

When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves, and spinal cord.

Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.

The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.

What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:

1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.

2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.

3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics

4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.

5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.

Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.

If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.

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* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.