Although electronic cigarettes are marketed as a safe alternative to traditional smoking, a new study has found that the devices have an immediate effect on pulmonary function.
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What’s the Problem?
April 26, 2016 – For the study, which was published this month at the 2016 CHEST World Congress, researchers looked at 54 young cigarette and e-cigarettes smokers, 27 of whom had mild controlled asthma. After using electronic cigarettes, airway obstruction and inflammation measurements were worse in both groups, but were more severe in asthmatics.
“These results show that as it happens with cigarette smoking, e-cigarette smoking has more deleterious short-term effects on asthmatics compared with healthy smokers,” said Dr. Andreas Lappas of the Hellenic Cancer Society. “Additionally, this research adds to the growing body of research pointing to the dangers of e-cigarettes. Especially for asthma, further research is needed in order to assess the risks of long-term e-cigarette use.”
Other studies have found that e-cigs are just as dangerous as traditional smokes. A Harvard study found that of 51 electronic cigarettes tested, at least one toxin was found in 47 of them, and 75% contained diacetyl, a chemical linked to a severe respiratory illness known as bronchiolitis obliterans or “popcorn lung”. Even more alarming, the levels of diacetyl found in 39 of the e-cig brands contained amounts higher than the lab was capable of testing for.
A study from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health System found that electronic cigarettes damaged DNA in ways that could lead to cancer and cell death. “Based on the evidence to date,” says lead researcher Dr. Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, “I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes.”
The number of e-cigarette users has been growing rapidly in recent years. A Reuters poll found that U.S. adults using them rose from 2.6% of the population in 2013 to 10% in 2015.
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