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Indianapolis pulmonologist discusses the risks of vaping



Indianapolis, Indiana – It’s vital to be aware of the risks before trying vaping, according to a pulmonologist in the Indianapolis area. March is Vaping Awareness Month.

A pulmonologist of Ascension St. Vincent, Dr. Shahryar Ahmad, visited Daybreak to discuss the dangers of vaping, its rise in popularity, and its effects on young people.

According to Dr. Ahmad, the rise in e-cigarette usage over the past ten years has resulted in a health catastrophe, and while e-cigarette use among children and teenagers has declined, it has climbed.

“There are various health concerns that involve nicotine use and the smoke that comes from burning the e-liquids, as well. We’re seeing an increase in respiratory illnesses. ” Also, people with asthma are developing new symptoms, ” Dr. Ahmed said.

Dr. Ahmad also cautions against the declines in student achievement in addition to the health risk factors.

“Kids who are using these products are having poor academic performance, as well as athletic performance. They are having more issues in terms of anxiety, agitation, and changes in their behavior,” Dr. Ahmad said.

There are various vaping fallacies, according to Dr. Ahmad.

Dr. Ahmad stresses the need for parents to become knowledgeable about vaping if they are worried that their children are using electronic cigarettes.

“We are dealing with devices that are very discreet, they look like pens are USBs. If they find things like these, parents should be on the lookout. They should look out for changes in behavior, for changes in school performance, if you’re smelling sweet odors in the home–those are some signs parents should look for,” Dr. Ahmad said.

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