A new study says the health effects from vaping could be worse than smoking a regular cigarette.
Electronic cigarettes are often touted as a safer nicotine delivery system than cigarettes.
In case you haven’t seen one before, an e-cig is a battery-operated device that heats a liquid — usually containing nicotine — to produce a vapor. Vaping is inhaling/exhaling the aerosol produced by an e-cigarette.
A Greek study, published recently by the American Journal of Physiology, tried to assess the effects of vaping and then compare them against cigarettes.
The study found that the inflammation caused by e-cigs was worse than that of normal cigarettes.
“The observed detrimental effects in the lung upon e-cigarette vapor exposure in animal models highlight the need for further investigation of safety and toxicity of these rapidly expanding devices worldwide,” Dr. Constaninos Glynos told the Sun.
Research also seemed to indicate that the flavor — with names ranging from Papa Smurf to Yellow Submarine — commonly added to e-cigs actually amplified the damage from vaping.
The vape generally contains water, food grade flavoring, nicotine, and vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found chromium, lead, manganese, nickel and zinc in the vapor.
The American Vaping Association believes that vaping is a tool for adults to quit smoking. But other health officials believe it’s a gateway to tobacco products and possibly more.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse cites several troubling statistics: teens are more likely to use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes, and teen e-cigarette users are more likely to start smoking. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics indicate that 7.6 percent of high school students are regular cigarette smokers, compared to 11.7 percent using electronic cigarettes.
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