Vaping technology could help asthmatics


As I mentioned in my very first post about e-cigs I mentioned that my impetus for quitting smoking was that I suffer from asthma. I’ve had it since I was 20 but continued to smoke all that time anyway because I couldn’t break the habit.

To combat the asthma I would use inhalers. Prescription Albuterol for the most part but prescription inhalers are expensive as hell. Now I haven’t had health insurance in a number of years so instead of the prescription inhalers I turned to the then over the counter Primatene Mist. It worked great for me but in 2011 it was taken off the market for being ‘harmful to the ozone layer’. Never mind the people who can’t breathe without it but that’s a different rant. Another product came along called Asthmanefrin that was a battery-powered atomizer that worked for a couple of weeks until the atomizer completely failed every time. At $50 a pop it was less cost-effective than the prescription inhalers.

Fast forward to 2013 when I started using my first vaporizer. I Wondered to myself why can’t someone use a similar device to the vaporizer for asthma medication. Well, it turns out I wasn’t the only one thinking about that as one company is developing a vaporizer type mechanism that would be able to deliver metered doses of inhalable medication with no harm to the ozone. The bad news is it could run as high as $500. Speaking on my experience in healthcare, heath insurance companies are usually very slow in approving new medicines. They prefer to keep them classified as experimental for as long as possible.

However this is a start. This is a very minute light at the end of a very long dark tunnel.

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