Masters of Health Magazine July 2020 - Page 81

2 Vaping Lung Disease

One of the major byproducts of biodiesel fuel production is glycerol, also known as glycerin. As a consequence of the accelerated production of biofuels in recent years, there is now a glut on the market of glycerol, driving down the price. One solution to this oversupply is the invention of the concept of e-cigarettes (electronic nicotine delivery systems). The glycerol in the e-cigarette is heated with an atomizer in an electronic vaporizer to produce the aerosol that delivers nicotine to the user. It likely also delivers glyphosate to the user’s lungs, and this may be the primary cause of the strange new lung disease associated with vaping.

This lung disease is characterized by a set of symptoms that look exactly like the symptoms of COVID-19. A paper characterizing 98 cases described the symptoms as follows: “The most common respiratory symptoms were shortness of breath (85%), cough (85%), and chest pain (52%). Reported gastrointestinal symptoms included nausea (66%), vomiting (61%), diarrhea (44%), and abdominal pain (34%). All patients had one or more constitutional symptoms, with the most common being subjective fever (84%). Upper respiratory symptoms such as rhinorrhea, sneezing, or congestion were not commonly reported.” [Emphasis added here] [9]

Shortness of breath, a dry cough, a slight fever, and a notable lack of rhinorrhea (a runny nose) are all primary features of COVID-19, and it has also been associated with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in some cases.

A remarkable study on mice exposed to vaping fumes for three months involved a careful examination of their lungs after they were intentionally infected with the flu virus [10].

Figure 3: Leading comorbidities among COVID-19 reported deaths in New York State as of April 6, 2020.