Vaping warning: E-cigarettes ‘may be more harmful than we think’

Smoking E-cigarettes Increases Risk Of Developing Lung Disease Study

"Importantly, exposure of macrophages to [e-cigarette vapor condensate] induced numerous same cellular and functional changes in [alveolar macrophage] function seen in cigarette smokers and patients with COPD [Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease]".

"In terms of cancer-causing molecules in cigarette smoke, as opposed to cigarette vapour, there are certainly reduced numbers of carcinogens".

"I don't believe e-cigarettes are more harmful than ordinary cigarettes - but we should have a cautious scepticism that they are as safe as we are being led to believe", Prof Thickett said. It is a popular belief as is purported by the e-cigarette makers that they are safer than traditional cigarettes. It also impaired the function of certain cells that remove bad things like dust, bacteria and allergens called alveolar macrophages.

The e-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, revealed the study published online in the journal Thorax.

Although vaping is increasing in popularity, most of the current body of research has focused only on the chemical composition of e-cigarette liquid before it is vaped.

The results showed that the condensate was significantly more harmful to the cells than e-cigarette fluid and that these effects worsened as the "dose" increased.

Switching to e-cigarettes could help smokers to give up smoking, it added.

Grieving Orca Mother Finally Lets Her Dead Newborn Go After 17 Days
A killer whale has stopped carrying her dead newborn calf after at least 17 days, during which she covered 1600km, scientists say. Tahlequah's pod travels dozens of miles in a day, Chiu wrote, and she pushed her baby's hundreds of pounds every inch of the way.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 million U.S. middle and high school students used e-cigarettes just 30 days during 2016.

"However, since electronic cigarettes are used nearly exclusively in the United Kingdom by current or former smokers, the key question is how this adverse effect compares with that of exposure to cigarette smoke".

Amidst this controversy, the Birmingham researchers extracted immune cells or alveolar macrophages, from lung tissue samples that were taken from eight non-smokers who were never diagnosed with asthma or COPD. This study, however, suggests that long-term vaping can lead to lung damage.

Vaping or smoking e-cigarettes has been found to be a harmful practice.

"Any smoker considering e-cigarettes should switch completely without delay".

The US Surgeon General has however issued warnings that use of e-cigarettes among the young can lead to several problems such as nicotine addiction, mood swings and impairment of brain development.

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