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There are 8 comments on Vaping Slows Wound Healing Just as Much as Smoking

  1. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Having read the article entitled ‘Vaping Slows Wound Healing Just as Much as Smoking.’, I’m now curious to know what effect stopping vaping will have on a Stage 4 Pressure sore that I have on my right buttock.

    I vape daily with e-liquid which has 18mg (or 1.8%,) nicotine content and the healing of my wound happens to have plateaued over the last few months. This means that the nurses dressing the wound every day are currently making sure that the wound doesn’t get any worse, rather than watching it improve steadily.

    If, as my consultant stronglyrecommends, I stop vaping for the next three months as I await reconstructive surgery (as I fully intend to do), what changes or improvements to wound healing am I most likely to experience during this nicotine-free period?

    Although in asking this I should add that I do realize that wounds don’t always heal in a predictable way, and that observing a healing process plateau, and then suddenly start again, is a commonplace phenomenon.

    Also; please could you explain to me (preferably in layman’s terms!) what effect vaping nicotine has on the body, quite apart from the issue of how it impacts on wound healing.

    I ask this because, strangely, I have had one doctor tell me that nicotine, although highly addictive, is about as harmful as caffeine, whereas another doctor has told me that nicotine is extremely poisonous – which suggests to me that its effects on the body could potentially be far more serious than caffeine!

    I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

    Yours Faithfully,
    Mr. C. J. Rasdale.

    1. Hi Mr. Rasdale, Thanks for your comment. Here is a response from Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel:

      Thank you for reading our article and for your interest in our work. We found that wound healing is impaired with vaping similar to what occurs with smoking cigarettes. We suggest you discuss your individual health situation with the surgeon with adequate time to make the necessary changes to your behaviors for the best outcome. -JS

      1. Dear Dr. Spiegel

        Thank you for responding to my post.

        I have now stopped vaping ‘Cold Turkey’ as the saying goes, and so far, after 48hrs, the nicotine withdrawal symptoms seem far less severe than they would be if I’d gone Cold Turkey with cigarettes.

        Unsurprisingly I don’t know what to do with my hands and so I’ve tentatively decided that in order to try to emulate my usual vaping experience as closely as possible, I may try vaping with a zero nicotine e-liquid.

        The point of this, largely, would be to try to get the same kind of pleasant ‘Throat Hit’ from vaping some flavour of zero-nicotine e-liquid, that I would get from my usual 18mg (or 1.8%) e-liquid.

        In doing this I’ll do whatever I can to ensure that whatever zero nicotine e-liquid I use, it WILL GENUINELY BE ZERO NICOTINE. Although there may not be much that I can actually do to really ensure zero nicotine, but one can only do one’s best.

        Again Dr. Spiegel, thank you for responding to my posting.

  2. I did not see any mention of 0mg e-juice in the article, was this tested as well? If nicotine is what causes most of the issues, would a 0mg nicotine content still cause the same issues?

  3. Hey dr. Spiegel

    I’m recovering from an Achilles’ tendon tear and I use a dab pen almost everyday. Was wondering if you have any information on the affects of that on healing. I don’t believe it has nicotine in it.

    Thanks, Dries

  4. Preliminary results demonstrated that e-cigarette use results in reduced cutaneous blood flow when monitored using thermal imaging technology. The authors hypothesize that that e-cigarette use may impair wound healing and have adverse effects on surgical outcomes.

  5. What an informative read! Your breakdown of the latest vape mods and their functionalities really caught my attention. As someone passionate about vaping, I appreciate the effort you’ve put into detailing the features and benefits of each mod.

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