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Are E-Cigarettes Safe for the Lungs?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015


A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE concluded that emissions from e-cigarette aerosols and flavorings damage lung cells by creating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue indicating that they may be a toxic replacement for tobacco. .They also found that some flavored e-juices, especially cinammon, creates more stress and toxicity on lung tissue.

Researchers found that harm begins when the e-cigarette’s heating element is activated and turns a liquid solution into an aerosol that mimics cigarette smoke. The inhaled vapor contains heavy metals and other possible carcinogens in the form of nanoparticles that can reach further into the lungs. cells and blood stream. They observed that human lungs exposed to e-cigarette aerosols release various inflammatory biomarkers and mice exposed to e-cigarettes demonstrate signs of pulmonary inflammation. The researcher stated “Our research affirms that e-cigarettes may pose significant health risks and should be investigated further. It seems that every day a new e-cigarette product is launched without knowing the harmful effect of these products.”