Marketed as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes or “vapes” could actually damage users’ cells in ways that could lead to cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Oral Oncology.
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What’s the problem?
December 30, 2015 – For the study, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, created an extract from the vapor of 2 popular brands of electronic cigarettes and used it to treat human epithelial cells in Petri dishes. Compared with untreated cells, the cells exposed to vape extract were more likely to suffer DNA damage and die.
“Based on the evidence to date, I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes,” said Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, professor of pathology at UCSD and one of the researchers in the study. “Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public.”
The researchers tested 2 types of each e-cigarette: a nicotine and nicotine-free version. Nicotine is what makes smoking cigarettes addictive, and there is also some evidence that the substance can damage cells. The study found that the nicotine varieties caused more severe damage, but even the nicotine-free vapor was enough to alter cells.
“There must be other components in the e-cigarettes that are doing this damage,” Wang-Rodriguez said. “So we may be identifying other carcinogenic components that are previously undescribed.”
Scientists already know of some dangerous chemicals in vapes. One is formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Another possible culprit is diacetyl, a flavoring agent that has been linked to an irreversible lung disease called bronchitis obliterans, commonly known as “popcorn lung”. A Harvard study published earlier this month found it in more than three-quarters of flavored e-cigarettes and refill liquids, or “e-juice.”
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