New Study Suggests Vaping Is More Dangerous Than First Thought

16 August, 2018, 13:15 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • New research suggests vaping triggers the production of damaging inflammatory chemicals in the airways

To get a more accurate representation of the effects of inhaling e-cigarettes, the Birmingham researchers came up with a way to create condensed vapour, which is closer to what lung cells encounter.

"We should have a cautious skepticism that [e-cigarettes] are as safe as we are being led to believe", Thickett said.

Recent news revealed that vaping - which is supposed to be an alternative to cigarettes - is actually way more damaging to our body than we initially thought.

But scientists and health officials across the world are now divided over the safety of e-cigarettes.

Researchers mimicked vaping in the laboratory, testing the effect of e-cigarette vapour condensate on alveolar macrophages extracted from the lung tissue samples of eight non-smokers. With time these changes could lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) just as it is seen in those who smoke regular cigarettes they add. COPD includes diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

The authors state that further research is actually needed to completely assess the effects, but this work shows that the idea that e-cigarettes are completely safe is questionable. Britain's public health authorities are pushing smokers to switch to it as a safer choice; experts in the United States have warned that electronic cigarettes increase the risk of nicotine addiction among young people, while the World Health Organization has said uneasily that warming up electronic cigarettes can lead to the formation of toxic substances.

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Previous studies have focused on the chemical composition of e-cigarette liquid before it is vaped.

Prof Thickett said while e-cigarettes were safer than traditional cigarettes, they may still be harmful in the long-term as research was in its infancy.

Britton said: "This indicates that long-term use of electronic cigarettes is likely to have adverse effects, as is widely recognised by leading health authorities in the United Kingdom including the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England".

Martin Dockrell, who is the lead for tobacco control at Public Health England, said: "E-cigarettes are not 100% risk-free but they are clearly much less harmful than smoking".

You know how all the smokers switched from analogue cigarettes to new and supposedly healthier digital versions that need batteries and fluids purchasing from the weird shops that are popping up everywhere? Treatment with an antioxidant, however, restored that ability and helped reduce other damage caused by e-cigarette fluid, Thickett's team found.

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