ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) – November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. Friday, students at Albert Lea High School learned about the effects of vaping and e-cigarettes on your lungs.
The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center displayed their large inflatable lung demonstration to teach kids about how irritants in vaping products can cause damage to your health. Previously seen as a safer alternative to cigarettes, the dangers of vaping are becoming more apparent.
“Just the awareness of the inflammation and some of the permanent damage and how much we don’t know the long term effects of vaping yet,” said Mayo Clinic Health System nurse manager Kellie Peterson. “Making the community aware of that and kids are a good place to start since we can get them young.
“I do think it’s a problem here. I know of lots of students who do it,” said student Tierney Murtaugh. “I think it’s wrong. I know of the dangers it can cause to your lungs.”
Any tobacco use can cause lung damage. Not just lung cancer, but also chronic breathing problems and emphysema, also known as smoker’s cough, can result from prolonged use of cigarettes or vaping products.
While today’s event was focused on youth, Peterson recommends early detection tests for lung cancer. Anyone over 55 who smokes more than 15 packs a year should be screened for possible smoking related diseases.