Breathlessness. This is our territory. Not the exhilarating breathlessness of a run or a climb, or the joyous breathtaking first meeting with a newborn. We work with the bad type of breathless. The gasping for breath, air hunger, intense tightening in the chest, feeling of suffocation and accompanying fear and desperation that come with diseased or worn out lungs.
Many of our patients are breathless because they smoked. This kind of breathlessness is unnecessary because it is avoidable. This breathlessness is the territory from which all elected officials ought to start when considering how best to regulate vaping.