E-cigarettes had more bad news piled on them with a recent study. Apparently the practice of “vaping” damages healthy cells.
The news comes on the heels of another study that reported the alternative to traditional cigarette smoking was more cancerous.
In the new study, researchers at National Jewish Health in Denver found that the e-liquid used for e-cigarettes quickly damaged healthy cells.
Doctor Hong Wei Chu said that his team placed cells from the airways of healthy non-smokers in one end of a device and an electronic cigarette in the other.
“It increased the level of viral infection inside the cells,” Chu said, adding that “after just ten minutes of exposure, the cells were damaged.”
The damages lasted “24 hours or longer,” reports 11Alive, a NBC affiliate, and it “didn’t matter if the liquid contained nicotine or not, the liquid itself did the damage.”
Chu found it particularly concerning since e-liquids are often flavored to appeal to younger users.
“When you flavor them that way, not only are they appealing, but, falsely, the user sees them as ‘Oh, no big deal. They’re not bad for me,'” he added.
Currently, more than 40 million Americans have reportedly tried e-cigarettes, and many see them as a positive alternative to traditional smoking — an effective way to wean oneself away from smoking entirely.
However, with Chu’s findings, it’s possible they are just another form of the same deadly addiction.
The study that precedes this one was reported on by the Inquisitr about a month ago. In that report, researchers in Japan were commissioned by Japan’s Health Ministry to test for carcinogens.
They discovered those such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were present in the vapor produced by several brands of e-cigarettes.
Formaldehyde, found in building materials and embalming fluid, was found in much higher levels within e-cigarettes, as much as 10 times more in fact.
Critics of that study pointed to the fact that Japan’s work only found evidence of high formaldehyde levels in one of the e-cigarettes tested. Meanwhile, other forms tested much lower, noted the E-Cigarette Advocates Research Group, adding “this is an unpublished result, a single extreme case out of the many products he tested, and we do not know what went wrong in that case (e.g. high power levels, low levels of liquid inside, malfunctioning device etc).”
The organization believes the “media frenzy” surrounding the danger of e-cigarettes “is completely inappropriate.”
What do you think about e-cigarettes, readers? A positive development or just as deadly as its predecessor?
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