Lung Specialists Call Vape Toxicity Real– Erlina Burhan, administrator of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association (PDPI), said that the poison of electric cigarettes or vape in the user’s body is a real thing. Partly because of the nicotine and metal content in it
“Finally it will cause inflammation or inflammation in the lungs, respiratory tract, which can then affect the work of the heart, damage cells and carcinogens,” said Erlina Burhan, Head of the PB IDI Covid-19 Task Force, Saturday (14/1).

An electric cigarette is a tool that functions like a cigarette, but when using it does not burn tobacco leaves, but turns liquid into vapor. Conventional cigarettes when burned will produce smoke, while electric cigarettes when heated will produce vapor which is then sucked into the airways to the lungs.

Erlina said that electric cigarettes are also known by various names such as vapor, e-cig, e-juice, e-liquid, personal vaporizer (pv), e-cigaro, green cig, and others , contains nicotine levels generally around 14.8 – 87.2 mg/ml in liquid. Meanwhile, according to an analysis by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in 100 cc of cigarette puffs there are 26.8 – 43.2 micrograms of nicotine.

“When someone inhales 30 puffs, it can reach a nicotine level of 1 mg, the same as that given by one conventional cigarette. We know that people inhale many times,” said Erlina

The American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology says that nicotine, based on The New England Journal of Medicine, is said to be addictive. Apart from nicotine, other ingredients in vape are propylene glycol and glycerin which can irritate the airways and lungs.

There are also metal materials, namely heavy metals which can inflame the lungs, heart, damage cells and are carcinogenic, then formaldehyde, aldehyde, particulates (PM ), nitrosamines, as well as silicates with similar effects on the body.

“Everything is toxic and in the long term it will be carcinogenic, meaning it can cause cancer,” said Erlina.

He referred to July 2020 data, revealing that the number of electricity users in Indonesia is around 2.2 million people and this figure is likely to continue to grow.

“There is our concern with the existence of electric cigarettes which are commonly called vapes, many are starting to use them, usually young people,” said Erlina Burhan.