Wet Lung Hysteria? Or… Why Vaping is America’s New “Reefer Madness”

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 08/22/18 •  6 min read

You’ve probably heard ALL about wet lung during the past few weeks. So… let’s take a look at some “wet lung” facts


Wet Lung is the latest “controversy” to hit vaping.

And it comes at a REALLY convenient time as well: right before the FDA decides whether or not to ban flavored E Juice.

What is Wet Lung? 

Well… this is what I understand about what happened.

An 18-year old girl, who’s identity for some reason is not known, had an allergic reaction to some E Juice.

(Oh, and it actually happened LAST YEAR. Guess they were waiting for something like the flavor ban vote to use it). 

This resulted in her ending up in hospital.

And she’d apparently only been vaping for three weeks.

Did I mention the girl was not named? Well, she wasn’t.

No interviews, no nothing. I mean, you literally couldn’t make this stuff up.

You can read the full, MSM report here. Though I would advise against it.

Wet Lung – What They FAILED To Mention

First off, wet lung isn’t actually called “wet lung” – it’s called hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

But that doesn’t sound great being hurled around the media at the speed of light.

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis doesn’t sound clickbaity or soundbitey enough.

So we have wet lung which sounds gross and debilitating and kinda sticks in your mind.

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Vaping: The New Reefer Madness

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Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is an allergic reaction though, a strong one. And it is serious. It is usually caused by dust and/or chemicals.

However, there was ZERO discussion about the patient being exposed to anything else, which is likely.

Dust is a key factor in this reaction, and the girl lives in rural Pennsylvania.

But that isn’t something the reports online are keen on acknowledging. It HAD to have been the vape.

What else could it have been!?

And if it was a PG allergy, an allergy that is well documented, fair enough, but this fact was never established.

I know some people that can’t vape PG E Juice because it doesn’t agree with them.

However, what you need to keep in mind is that PG is everywhere. Smoke machines use it, for instance, and it is also used inside a bunch of foods and shampoos as well.

Bottomline: if you had a PG allergy, chances are you’d know ALL about before ever taking your first puff on a vape.

Wet Lung Caused By Vaping?

Maybe it was.

But… perhaps it wasn’t?

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Stats From The UK’s VApril Campaign

I mean, there are MILLIONS of vapers that vape every day. And as far as I’m aware this is the first instance of something like this happening?

Could it have been caused by something else? Of course it freakin’ could have!

Will you hear this in the mainstream media? Of course not!

I’m not trying to downplay what happened here; I do feel for the poor girl.

No one should have to suffer issues like this.

I’m just a little concerned about the timing of this story – it’s a little too convenient (as it happened last year).

Vaping and Health

I’ve vaped for years, and I’m reasonably healthy.

I can run 5K, deadlift 400 pounds, and I eat right.

I vape because I don’t want to smoke. If I felt it was hurting me in anyway, I’d stop doing it.

People get ill for a variety of reasons; you can’t ever just blame one thing – like meat or vaping, or too much of this and that.

But the media needs a villain, and vaping is villain #1 right now.

As soon as I read about wet lung, I immediately thought: it must be a pre-existing allergy, surely?

If you’re in any doubt about the health effects of vaping versus smoking, please take the time to read this well-researched PDF, citing tons of medical studies and practioners, for a complete overview of the differences between smoking and vaping. Bottomline: it’s night and day – smoking kills, vaping doesn’t.

But this point was never extrapolated in any of the reports.

The reports lead with vaping and conclude it is vaping that did it.

It COULD NOT have been anything else, according to these reports.

Not the dust in rural Pennsylvania, not an infection from something else, or a bad case of the flu.

All I’m saying is this: isn’t it entirely possible it could have been something else?

I could go on about this subject for hours, but I recently watched a video by Grimm Green on the subject, and his take is far better than mine, so I figured I’d just use that instead.

As I pretty much agree with everything he says.

The Mainstream Media and Vaping

If you’ve never vaped, and still smoke, your probably very confused about why people ACTUALLY vape in the first place.

All you hear about is vape kits exploding and teenagers lungs being rotted.

But these incidents are NEVER covered properly; there’s always more to it than meets the eye.

With exploding mods, the MSM tells you its just a vape mod, like the ones we all use. But this isn’t the case.

It’s a mech mod – and these ARE dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Like, pipe-bomb-dangerous.

And this is why all vape reviewers and sites like VapeBeat ALWAYS add a disclaimer whenever we talk about mech mods.

You need to KNOW what you’re doing.

I mean, a car is a lethal weapon if you don’t know what you’re doing. Once you do, however, it’s perfectly safe.

This is basically the same deal with mech mods.

Failure to respect things like Ohm’s Law ends badly.

Vaping isn’t perfect. If you wanna be optimally healthy don’t do it.

But as a tool to get off and stay off cigarettes? It’s our biggest and best weapon.

And you don’t even have to take my word for it.

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Smoking vs Vapor – Main Differences

You can read what Public Health England says on the matter.

Just stop buying what CNN and Fox and it’s affiliated stooges are peddling.

Because the vast majority of it is complete horseshit paid for by special interest groups with the sole aim of killing vaping.

And it’s not for YOUR health – it’s for money.

Also: think about this – these stories ONLY seem to appear whenever there is a big vote on vaping. Like there is now with the flavored E Juice ban.

Vaping saves lives. Cigarettes kill people.

And so too do peanuts, lest we forget… but no one’s banning those as dangerous substances.

Logic needs to prevail; make sure you do your own research because you 100% cannot rely on the mainstream media to do it for you.

Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.
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