Electronic cigarettes "are NOT safe for your lungs": Scientists discover that vapers are nearly twice as likely to whistle, which can lead to acid reflux, heart failure and even cancer
- Non-users and non-smokers are 1.7 times more likely to have wheezing
- In the United States, nearly 13% of adults tried to ejaculate and 4% still use electronic cigarettes.
- In the United Kingdom, 19.4% of adults tried them and 5.5% are regular vapers
The researchers said that e-cigarettes were not safe for your lungs, another worrying study on vaping has announced.
Scientists have found that vapers are almost twice as likely to suffer from wheezing and breathing difficulties than those who do not smoke and do not use electronic cigarettes.
These symptoms occur when the airways become inflamed and shrink, which can lead to COPD, acid reflux, heart failure and even lung cancer.
While e-cigarettes are generally considered less harmful than cigarettes, studies have linked their use, heart disease and cancer.
Electronic cigarettes 'cause damage to the lungs', warned scientists (stock)
The latest research, conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center, adds to the growing fears aroused by the devices.
"The message to remember is that e-cigarettes are not safe for lung health," said Dr. Deborah Ossip, author of the study, a professor in the department of public health sciences.
"The changes we are seeing with vaping, both in laboratory experiments and in studies of people who are sweating, are early signs of lung damage, which is very disturbing."
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 13% of American adults have already tried e-cigarettes.
And in the UK, 19.4% of adults tried an electronic cigarette and 5.5% still vape, according to the Office for National Statistics.
HOW CAN VAPOR BE HARMFUL?
According to a study published in June, the aroma of electronic cigarettes could damage blood vessels in the same way as heart disease.
Chemicals used to impart steam aromas, such as cinnamon, strawberry and banana, can cause inflammation of the arteries, veins and heart cells.
They cause a body reaction that mimics the first signs of heart disease, heart attack or stroke, according to the Boston University study.
Other recent studies also suggest that smoking electronic cigarettes could cause DNA mutations leading to cancer and allow the bacteria responsible for pneumonia to stick more easily to the lungs.
Researchers at the University of New York submitted bladder and lung cells to the steam of the electronic cigarette, considered to be healthier than tobacco.
They discovered that the cells mutated and became cancerous much faster than expected and that the mice exposed to the vapor also suffered significant damage to the DNA.
In another study, scientists at Queen Mary's University in London found that vaping makes users more susceptible to pneumonia – just like smoking tobacco or breathing the fumes from the circulation.
The vapor of electronic cigarettes helps the bacteria that cause this disease to stick to the cells lining the airways, they said.
The effect occurs with traditional cigarette smoke and people exposed to air pollution rich in particles from the exhaust gases of vehicles.
The figures also show spectacular support for e-cigarettes in young people, with e-cigarette usage up 78% last year among 14-17 year olds in the United States.
To better understand the safety of vaping, the researchers analyzed 28,171 adults from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study.
Of these, 641 were vapors, 8,525 were smokers, 1,106 were "double users" and the remaining 17,899 did not use electronic cigarettes or tobacco.
The results – published in the journal Tobacco Control – revealed that vapers were 1.7 times more likely to have wheezing and other respiratory symptoms.
This remained true even after adjusting for factors such as BMI and exposure to second-hand smoke.
But vapors were less at risk than smokers and double users were as vulnerable as smokers.
The researchers however pointed out that they relied on participants' memories to ask them to remember if they were suffering from wheezing after being breathed.
There is also no evidence that e-cigarettes directly cause breathing difficulties, as scientists simply find a connection between the two.
Diet and activity levels may also influence our risk of wheezing and have not been included in the study.
Despite the limitations of the study, Dr. Irfan Rahman – professor of environmental medicine – says the results are worrisome.
Smooth little vape devices like Juuls, which are used alongside flavored nicotine pods, can cause allergies and low immunity, he says.
Emissions and aromas of electronic cigarettes have already been associated with lung cell damage.
What is an electronic cigarette and how is it different from smoking tobacco?
An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows users to inhale nicotine by heating the vapor of a solution containing nicotine, propylene and flavors.
As there is no burning, there is no smoke like a traditional cigarette.
However, although they have been accused of lower risk than cigarettes, more and more studies are showing health risks.
Electronic cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, but the vapor contains harmful chemicals.
Nicotine is the chemical that is highly addictive, making it difficult for smokers to stop smoking.
Nearly three million Britons use electronic cigarettes and more than nine million Americans.
1. standard e-cigarette
Battery powered device containing a nicotine e-liquid.
It vaporizes the liquid with flavored nicotine.
Very similar to normal electronic cigarettes but with a more elegant design and a higher concentration of nicotine.
Thanks to its "nicotine salts," manufacturers claim that a pod provides the amount of nicotine in the form of a pack of cigarettes.
It is composed of an e-cigarette (battery and temperature control) and an e-liquid nacelle inserted at the end.
The liquid contains nicotine, chemicals and flavors.
Like other vaping devices, it vaporizes the electronic liquid.
3. Philip Morris IQOS
Pen-shaped, loaded like an iPod.
Spray the tobacco.
It is known as a smoke-free device "heat not burn", heating the tobacco but not burning it (at 350 ° C compared to 600 ° C as normal cigarettes).
The company says that this method reduces the exposure of users to carcinogens resulting from the burning of tobacco.