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Condensation in lungs?

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  1. lemongrass

    lemongrass Full Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    I started vaping about a month ago and have found it life-changing. I love it! After 40 years of heavy smoking I virtually quit tobacco overnight and find vaping just as satisfying as the real thing minus the coughing and chronic shortness of breath. Not to mention the daily expense.

    My question is this: I keep thinking it kind of makes sense logically that if you are chronically inhaling vapor into your lungs there have got to be some side effects. If water vapor is entering your lungs in regular amounts wouldn't that eventually start to "pickle" your lungs? Like staying too long in the shower and pruning your fingertips, only in this case from the inside out? There is really no information out there on this specific subject and I'd be very interested to hear other vapors' points of view or thoughts on this. Perhaps it's an ignorant question, but I keep wondering about it.
  2. WomanOfHeart

    WomanOfHeart Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    I don't think you have anything to worry about. Most of the vapor is going to be exhaled and the rest is going to be absorbed by the body. It's not going to build up in your lungs or give you pneumonia or "pickle" them. If it was capable of doing that, we'd have long term vapers telling us about it by now.
  3. Rosa

    Rosa Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    Beaverton, Oregon!
    Plus, it's not water vapor that's going in (though likely water vapor coming out). What you are inhaling is a humectant, so it'll suck all the moisture out of you, not the other way around, that's why it's important to keep drinking water all day when you vape. Some have even theorized that the vapor that you see when you exhale is made partially from the moisture in your lungs (as your lungs are naturally wet like a wet sponge, not dry like balloons).
  4. lemongrass

    lemongrass Full Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Thank you, ladies. I can put that one to bed. It will be interesting to see what surfaces a few years from now on the effects of vaping. In any event, it's far better than tobacco, but still, so little is really known about the long term that, again, it will be fascinating to see what transpires. Thank you for your replies.
  5. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 25, 2011
    Long Beach, Ca.
    Heck, it can't be any worse than trying to breathe in southern Florida in August, right?
  6. crazyodaz

    crazyodaz Full Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    live in texas -- i can almost relate to that comment -- but florida has far worse humidity
  7. Rosa

    Rosa Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    Beaverton, Oregon!
    IMO, I don't think anything will transpire (maybe INspire though, LOL!) but I've done a bunch of research to ease my fears. Did you know that all three of the ingredients that we use are already present in tobacco cigarettes. The FDA makes it sound like we are vaping this crazy chemical concoction, but we aren't vaping anything that we haven't been inhaling with our tobacco smokes for years already.
    599 Ingredients added to Cigarettes
  8. ctourtelot

    ctourtelot Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 3, 2009
    Richmond, VA
    coming close to my 2 year mark of vaping...chain vaping actually and I've had no problems in the lung department. The only issue I deal with is dehydration or headaches when I vape too much and don't drink enough water.
  9. TeeFour

    TeeFour Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 8, 2011
    Hadley, Massachusetts
    I was worried about PG/VG buildup as well. Then I did some research through PubMed and Web of Science and found out that inhalation studies on rats and monkeys were performed in the 40's, and no ill effects or buildup were found. I described the articles here.
  10. Rosa

    Rosa Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    Beaverton, Oregon!
    I love this, everybody should click the link provided immediately :)
  11. closetsmokr

    closetsmokr Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 21, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    Vaping reminds me of breathing in VA in August... :p
  12. Kate51

    Kate51 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 27, 2009
    Argyle Wi USA
    I know I have far fewer colds and my sinuses for the first time in my life perform normally, and it's alomost 2 years of vaping for me as well! This Winter Air in the house really is starting to annoy me though, time for some heat and humidity. PLEASE!!
    Excellent thread.
  13. WomanOfHeart

    WomanOfHeart Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    VG was the one I had to look up. I wasn't so worried about PG because I know it's used in asthma inhalers and nebulizer treatments.
  14. timato

    timato Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 11, 2011
    jersey shore
    I'm dehydrated rather than saturated........need to drink more water!
  15. Keiff

    Keiff Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Yea... It can get brutal here in Houston in the late spring and summer. This is the first place I've lived where it can be 100% humidity and not be raining.
  16. Arsenic

    Arsenic Full Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    Well then, that solves another one of my concerns :2cool:

    PG being the base ingredient in my deodorant (Tom's of Maine), i was a little hesitant to try inhaling it.... (consider that i don't even smoke now) :laugh:


  17. Kolie

    Kolie Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 6, 2011
    The only thing that I noticed was a difference when I inhale as I am drawing in the vapor (simultaneously), rather than puffing the vapor into my mouth first then breathing it in. When I was breathing it into my lungs directly it seemed be more of a wet draw and cause me to cough.
  18. Wesleyn

    Wesleyn Full Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    Drinking a lot of water is important. It will help flush all the cig toxins out of your body too!
  19. starsgo

    starsgo Full Member

    Mar 8, 2011
    either way you look at it, its better than analogues.
  20. lemongrass

    lemongrass Full Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    T4 - thank you for the wealth of information! Also, to the reader who mentioned that asthma inhalers use a vapor delivery sytem. This is true of course and kind of punctuates the end of the discussion. Also, to Iggy - Iggy, dear, you really should consider taking some course work in sarcasm and irony. I think you'd find life a lot more entertaining. All the best..
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