Vaping ‘more dangerous’ than booze and smoking and should be banned, says doctorOctober 10, 2019
A leading doctor has called for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes – claiming they are the health ‘disaster of the century’.
According to Prof Sherif Sultan, vaping is ‘more dangerous than smoking and alcohol’ combined and should be outlawed.
The president of the International Society For Vascular Surgery told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “We need to ban them immediately.
“They are the most catastrophic new gadget in the country that have the potential to injure and destroy the well-being of patients.”
The expert’s comments come as a seventh US death linked to vaping was recorded in California earlier this week.
As of September 11 the American Center For Disease Control had identified 380 confirmed and probable cases of lung disease associated with vaping in 36 states.
On Tuesday, New York became the first to ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and pressure is mounting for Ireland to follow suit.
Prof Sultan, who is also the chairman of the Western Vascular Institute, told how one of his patients lost the use of a limb.
He added: “I looked after a patient who ended up in intensive care because her daughter gave her a vape suggesting that it would be much better for her to use than smoke.
“She lost the supply of one of her legs and half of the tissue of both kidneys because of the excessive use of nicotine vaping.”
Prof Sultan is now calling on the Health Minister to ban the use of e-cigs immediately.
“This is an epidemic that must stop now,” he said.
“Vaping is more dangerous than smoking and alcohol combined. It is not safe.”
Until recently e-cigs, which are now 15 years old, had been widely hailed as a safe alternative to smoking, helping millions kick the habit.
Retired hairdresser Jacqueline Crowley ended up in hospital as her lung consultant told her he would prefer to see her “smoke a cigarette rather than vape”.
She explained: “I took him at his word and threw the e-cig out. He also told me they could be fatal if someone got a reaction.
“I found it very hard to breathe, my oxygen levels were very low and I’d picked up a severe infection in both lungs.
“The vape definitely caused my throat to be sore and gave me dry mouth syndrome. I was told vaping makes your lungs like autumn leaves – dry and crunchy.
“They do more damage than smoking. My consultant said he’d prefer to see me having a fag every so often because with the vape you’re constantly smoking with them.
“He told me to get rid of the vape as there are so many poisons in them and nobody should be using them until they went through rigorous trials.”
E-cigs are regulated under the European Union and research is ‘rapidly evolving’, says the government.