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Male college student smoking electronic cigarette for 1 year coughs up blood and severe lung damage

A 22-year-old college student in Taoyuan City, originally an excellent sportsman, started smoking e-cigarettes in the past one year. In the past two months, his appetite has deteriorated, exercise tolerance has decreased, coughing, hemoptysis, and breathing difficulties After the dangerous symptoms have not improved, he went to Zhongli Tiansheng Hospital to check that he was suffering from “severe lung injury.” After the doctor treated with steroids, the symptoms improved. He was so scared that he should quit smoking and stay away from the hospital. Smoke damage.

Zheng Chaoxin, a thoracic physician at Tiansheng Hospital, said that this male college student had reported that he had been exposed to e-cigarettes in the past year due to the influence of the students in the same dormitory, and that the frequency of daily e-cigarette use has gradually increased until the above-mentioned danger appeared in the last two weeks. Symptoms, the male college student was scared to go to the emergency department of Tiansheng Hospital for treatment.

Through chest X-ray and computer tomography, Zheng Chaoxin, a thoracic physician at Tiansheng Hospital, explained that male college students smoked electronic cigarettes and caused serious lung injury. (Photo by reporter Li Rongping)

A male college student was admitted to hospital after a blood test showed a significant decrease in blood oxygen concentration. During the hospitalization, the white blood cells and immunoglobulins were increased. Chest X-rays and computer tomography showed double lung infiltration, and more serious lung function and blood oxygen were obvious. The doctor ruled out the possibility of related pneumonia and Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19). The final diagnosis result was “severe lung injury”. After steroid treatment, the symptoms were improved and discharged.

Zheng Chaoxin said that there seem to be more and more types of e-cigarettes on the market. E-cigarettes rely on the battery to start heating to atomize the solution in the cartridge into vapor. Although the principle and structure are different, they are still harmful to health; according to the Food and Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare According to the results of the Department’s acceptance of 2,565 e-cigarette samples, 70% of them contain addictive nicotine. Generally, the dose of nicotine in commercial e-cigarette liquids is 0% to 5%. If this case is taken as an example, take 1 cigarette of nicotine. Calculated with a content of 1 mg (milligrams), a male college student smokes 3ml (ml) of e-cigarette liquid with a concentration of 3% per day, which is equivalent to smoking 4.5 packs of cigarettes (90 cigarettes) per day. The amount is amazing.

He reminded that the components of e-cigarettes also contain carcinogens such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and flavoring agents. Its damage is no less than that of traditional paper cigarettes. People with allergies may cause more serious e-cigarette lung damage (EVALI), which will bring Permanent lung damage and the risk of lung cancer. If you want to take care of your health without compromising your health, whether it is cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or heated cigarettes, it will cause harm to your body. Only smoking cessation is the most correct!

Natasha Kumar/The Time Hub