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Steer clear of antibiotic-resistent pathogens by not vaping

“Ant Man” (Paul Rudd) may have been 2015’s most endearing super bug, but there’s nothing to like about the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA and other hard-to-defeat pathogens. In fact, you want to do everything you can to stay clear of them. And now that includes just saying “No” to vaping!

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine recently did a lab-based test on the effects of e-liquids from seven manufacturers. Their study published in the Journal of Molecular Medicine found that daily inhalation of e-cig vapors triggers inflammation, kills off cells in your airways and lungs, and boosts the virulence of bacteria.

For example, vaping makes staph infections (Staphylococcus aureus) able to resist antimicrobials -- not a good thing, since runaway staph infections can be lethal. Plus, while one group of lab mice all recovered from infection with the antibiotic-resistant superbug S. aureus (MRSA), 25 percent of another group died when they were infected with MRSA that had been pre-exposed to the vapors from e-cigs. Egad!

If this isn’t enough to convince you to put down the vape, maybe it will convince regulators that vaping poses a huge public health risk by cultivating super, superbugs.

For help recovering from nicotine addiction or habituation to vaping non-nicotine liquids, go to sharcare.com or clevelandclinic.org -- search for Dr. Mike’s “smoke-free plan for successful quitters.” It takes commitment, time and the ability to try and try again if you slide backward, but with support, the right plan and determination you can escape the vape!

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.

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