New Study: E-cigarettes can trigger deadly lung diseases as easily as tobacco products

E-cigarettes can trigger deadly lung diseases as easily as tobacco products, study says:

  • A new study has found that e-cigarette smokers are likely to develop dangerous proteins associated with COPD and cystic fibrosis
  • Researchers discovered that the devices harm users’ airways as well as the tissues that line their blood vessels and organs
  • The report contributes to the controversy over whether or not e-cigarettes are ‘healthy’

E-cigarettes lead to as many lung diseases as tobacco products, a new study has found.

The report from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill compared saliva samples from tobacco smokers, e-cigarette smokers and nonsmokers.

Researchers found that e-cigarette smokers were likely to develop dangerous proteins associated with lung diseases such as COPD and cystic fibrosis and that the devices are no better for people than regular cigarettes.

The study adds to a growing body of evidence proving that e-cigarettes might not be the ideal alternative smokers addicted to tobacco are looking for.

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New research shows that e-cigarettes might not actually be a safer alternative to smoking

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New research shows that e-cigarettes might not actually be a safer alternative to smoking:

In recent years laws against public smoking of traditional nicotine and tobacco cigarettes have become a lot stricter. We have been told time after time how bad cigarettes are for our health and how highly addictive they are. It has seemed that as of late a new hero had emerged as a healthier, less addictive and trendier alternative to traditional cigarette smoking – e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are basically battery-operated devices in the form of chambers that contain liquids (that may or may not contain nicotine and be flavoured) and when heated produce a vapour that is then smoked and inhaled. They have been on the market since 2004 in China. E-cigarettes have been touted as an amazing alternative to traditional smoking; since they don’t contain tobacco, their e-liquid cartridges contain way less nicotine and are therefore less addictive, and do not contain harmful carcinogenic elements like arsenic and tar – things that normal cigarettes are loaded with. So are e-cigarettes therefore a healthy alternative? Are they actually healthier than cigarettes?

This past February a new study by the University of North Carolina conducted by Iona Jaspers, professor of pediatrics and director of the curriculum in toxicology, is suggesting that e-cigarettes are not as safe and friendly as they appear. The study is suggesting that the use of e-cigarettes suppresses our immune systems. The information collected from the study was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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