A recent study has been done which provided the conclusion that vapor from e cigarettes caused MRSA to be more resistant to treatment. The very name of this pathogen indicates that it is one known for its amazing resistance to treatment. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a specific strain of Staphylococcus Aureus that is highly resistant to almost every treatment method available. In other words, if there was a medical issue to be studied with the intention of proving that e cigarettes made it worse, no other pathogen would have been more likely to present the intended results. MRSA is highly reactive to any intended threat and becomes more virulent when a threat is sensed. That is the very thing that makes it so difficult to treat.
What is MRSA?
MRSA is a bacteria that can be found in about 2% of the population. Many people have MRSA and have no idea that they carry it. Consider MRSA to be a sort of “turbo” for any other illness. People who suffer from MRSA do so in conjunction with some other illness or infection. For example, if you have MRSA and you get a small cut that would normally heal in a week, there is a chance that it will never heal. If you have pneumonia, you can expect it to take much longer to respond to treatment and in some cases, it never will. MRSA enhances any medical issue at hand.
E Cigs Do Not Cause MRSA
There is a difference between causing a disease and being a catalyst that makes the pathogen more resistant. In the case of e cigarettes, the thought is that when MRSA comes into contact with vapor, it sees it as a threat and “beefs up” its defenses. You will not contract MRSA from vapors, but if you have MRSA, vaping may make it more resistant to treatment. In this particular study, tobacco cigarette smoke makes MRSA even more resistant than vaping does, so vaping is still the better alternative when it comes to tobacco cigarettes and vapor. To be exact, 30% more mice died from pneumonia in this study when exposed to cigarette smoke as opposed to vapor from e-cigarettes.
Keep in mind that one of the requirements to be considered a living organism is the ability to respond to stimuli. In the case of MRSA, it has an amazing ability to respond to stimuli in such a way as to avoid bonding with the chemicals that might kill it, displaying another trait of a living thing, which is the desire to perpetuate the survival of the species.
Why Vapers are at Risk
While cigarette smoke causes more resistance than vaping does, vaperers in general are at a higher risk of developing issues from MRSA based on the simple fact that MRSA colonizes on the skin, in the throat, and in the nose. If smoking or vaping causes more resistance and userers naturally get the vapor or smoke in their nose or throat, then the chances of having to deal with MRSA are increased significantly. We do know this to be a fact, so yes there is arguably some danger.
Whether you vape or not, you should take care to prevent MRSA. People who are infected with it are under no obligation to tell you that they are infected with it. MRSA can be contracted through a simple touch, so it’s important to take the same precautions that you take to avoid the common cold. Keep in mind that people who have MRSA may show no signs of being infected, so you need to treat your contact with anyone as if they do have it. You can follow the steps below to decrease your risk of contracting MRSA as a vaper.
*Clean your e-cigarette with rubbing alcohol if someone touches it. Also take the time to clean your vape, it’s mouthpiece and the inside of your tank with rubbing alcohol in between refills.
*Wash your hands before eating as well as before and after touching your face or other part of your body.
*Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, but also if someone near you coughs or sneezes.
*Avoid touching items in public areas.
*Do not rely on hand sanitizer. To be effective it has to get warm as you rub it in and should be massaged in for about the same amount of time it takes to wash your hands. Instead, just wash your hands
There is no clearly proven way to prevent MRSA from taking hold with a 100% success rate, but good hygiene goes a long way toward doing so