Scientists publish review on respiratory effects of vaping

Scientists publish review on respiratory effects of vaping

Scientists from leading universities of the United States have revealed a comprehensive review of all vaping/e-cigarette reviewed scientific papers pertaining to the lungs.

According to doctors, development of life-threatening diseases related to cigarette smoking such as emphysema and lung cancer develop over decades. Furthermore, it takes another decade to prove that smoking is the main cause of cancer.

Vaping has been in practice since the past ten years and scientists have been studying the effects of e-cigarettes since the past five years. Their diagnosis revealed that vaping is without effects, it is not “safe”.

“The scientific community’s current knowledge is insufficient to determine whether the respiratory health effects of e-cigarettes are less than the now obvious health effects of combustible tobacco products,” commented Rob Tarran, PhD, professor of cell biology and physiology and member of the UNC Marsico Lung Institute.

The team published their research in British Medical Journal. Some of the key findings of the study are as follows:

Adolescent vapers suffered from increased bronchitis-like symptoms such as shortness of breath, asthma, etc.

The study also examined the effects of vaping on the whole lung, including lung damage. Furthermore, the study also examined cases of lipoid pneumonia with reference to the current epidemic in the United States.

In addition, the team also analysed animal studies with increased risk of lung damage and immunosuppression such as growing susceptibility to viral or bacterial infections.

According to reports, the team also examined possible health effects of e-liquid constituents such as propylene glycol/vegetable glycerin, nicotine and flavors. The team determined all had adverse effects in lab based as well as animal studies.

“Interestingly, when we looked at all the published papers on primary pulmonary cells – straight from the lungs of people to the lab – the only reports that did not see an effect of vaping on these cells were studies funded by the tobacco industry,”  explained Tarran.