Don’t believe the hype.
Despite claims that certain vaping products may alleviate health problems, there’s no proof that they do — and they may even cause health issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
“Fights off tumors and alleviates symptoms of chemotherapy,” one vape’s advertising claims, while another is touted as an “asthma remedy, ADHD remedy, and dementia treatment.”
So-called “wellness” vaping products that contain vitamins or essential oils are being sold illegally with unproven claims, the agency says in a news release.
The FDA has not approved any vaping products to treat or prevent health conditions or diseases.
The dangers of inhaling products
“Inhaled products can be dangerous and even may trigger severe coughing, cause airway tightening, and make speaking and breathing difficult,” the regulators warn.
“Also, there’s no way to know if these ‘wellness’ vaping products contain ingredients or impurities that may cause or make these symptoms worse, or cause permanent damage, such as bronchiolitis obliterans (also called popcorn lung),” the statement continues.
People who have heart disease, diabetes, lung conditions — such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — or a lung infection may be at greater risk of serious complications, the agency says.