NZ Herald 13 October 2018
Family First Comment: No surprises. Any substance lit and smoked is harmful – including marijuana!
Vaping may be as hard on the lungs as conventional smoking, according to new research.
Flavorings in e-cigarettes may be particularly harmful to the lungs by triggering inflammation, scientists have warned.
Battery-powered vapes, like the Juul, are promoted as a tool to help smokers quit the habit.
But even short term use causes as much or more damage as the real thing, said the University of Athens team.
In experiments on mice they found the additives, including flavorings, caused lung inflammation similar to or worse than that seen in traditional cigarette use.
Study co-author Dr Constaninos Glynos said: ‘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.’
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