Vaping Dangers Leading to Lung Damage
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Children should never start vaping, according to a 12-year-old girl who experienced a lung collapse and spent four days in an induced coma.
When Sarah Griffin was rushed to the hospital a month ago with breathing issues, she had asthma and was a strong vaper.
Her mother Mary admitted to the News Centre that she dreaded losing her child.
The UK government has made proposals to limit the promotion and distribution of vape products intended for youngsters.
The ideas, which are up for public comment for the next eight weeks, are intended to “reverse the worrying rise in youth vaping” by making vapes less eye-catching and tempting to kids, according to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
According to News Centre Today program, “head teachers are concerned, parents are concerned, about our children being targeted” by vape companies, and Health Secretary Steve Barclay stated that the government was committed to taking swift legislative action following the consultation.
Wes Streeting, the shadow health minister, claimed a Labour administration would retaliate against vaping companies who marketed flavors like “rainbow burst” to kids with a “tonne of bricks.”
The typical bedroom of a 12-year-old girl in Belfast has a dressing table covered in make-up, perfume bottles, and hair straighteners, along with some soft childhood toys on the bed. Sarah Griffin is no exception.
When Sarah was barely nine years old, she began vaping.
Nothing her mother Mary did to stop her—including having her searched when she got home and having her phone taken away—worked.
By the summer, Sarah could go through a 4,000-puff vape quickly (a typical vape has 600 puffs).
Sleeping with the vaporizer on her pillow was something she did both first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Sarah purchased vapes over the counter despite the fact that it is prohibited to sell them to anybody under the age of 18, and she eventually developed a nicotine addiction.
Sarah was at risk for complications due to her asthma and the fact that she struggled to properly use her prophylactic inhaler.
It all came together in what Sarah’s doctor refers to as a “perfect storm” when she also got a head cold at the beginning of September.
“A lot of risk factors were going in the wrong direction,” says Dr. Dara O’Donoghue, consultant respiratory paediatrician at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
A hospital X-ray of Sarah’s lungs revealed that just one of them was functioning properly, and she was not responding to therapy. Sarah had been ill and was rushed there.
She was in intensive care within a few hours, and shortly after that, in the hopes that her health would stabilize, she was placed into an induced coma.
It was a desperate time for Mary.
“There is absolutely no words to describe when you think your child is going to die.”
Sarah was gradually brought around after four days and is now healing, although her lungs have suffered irreversible damage.
“She’s doing lung exercises and stuff you know, you’d expect an 80-year-old to be doing, not someone who is 12,” adds her mother.
“People, open your eyes. This is occurring everywhere, and it can even be happening to your child.
“No matter what you’re thinking, people like to think their kids aren’t doing these things but the reality is very, very different.”
Sarah hopes that by sharing her story, people her age would become more aware of the risks associated with vaping.
“Don’t start doing it, because once you start doing it, you don’t stop doing it,” she continues.
“You only stop when you basically have to, when it’s a life or death situation.”
Dr. O’Donoghue referred to child vaping as “a healthcare emergency” that required “urgent attention.”
“We need to be wary about vapes because the healthcare problems associated with vapes are only emerging.”
According to recent data, three times as many children between the ages of 11 and 17 as in 2020 have now tried vaping.
According to a 2021 poll, the use of vaping among younger children is also on the rise, with almost one in ten 11 to 15-year-olds using them.
Similar trends in youth vaping are being seen in other nations all over the world.
According to Fidelma Carter of the nonprofit Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke, 17% of adolescent vapers frequently use their devices.
“Young people are adopting e-cigarette use because they believe there are no risks or consequences.
“And we want to challenge the misconceptions and raise awareness that vaping can impact on your health and wellbeing,” she stated.
A UK-wide consultation on the government’s plans to tighten down on youth vaping has been announced.
The suggestions comprise:
- restricting the flavours and descriptions of vapes so they are no longer targeted at children
- keeping vapes out of sight of children in shops
- regulating vape packaging so they are not targeted at children
- exploring whether increasing the price of vapes will reduce the number of young people using them
- considering restricting the sale of disposable vapes, which ministers say are clearly linked to the rise in vaping in children and are incredibly harmful to the environment.
In order to prevent vapes from being marketed to youngsters, Sarah Woolnough of the charity Asthma + Lung UK called for limitations on the marketing of them.
“Disposable vapes at their current pocket money prices, with cartoons and bubble-gum flavour options, are far too attractive and easy for children to access,” she stated.
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, deemed it “utterly unacceptable” to sell vapes or e-cigarettes to youngsters.
But he said that vaping was “less dangerous than smoking” and could be helpful for smokers to stop using tobacco.