Electronic cigarettes or “vapes” are no more healthy than smoking traditional nicotine cigarettes, scientists have warned after finding that e-cigarette vapor damages DNA in ways that could increase users’ risk of cancer.
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What’s the problem?
December 29, 2015 – For the study, which was published in the journal Oral Oncology, researchers created an extract from the “smoke” of electronic cigarettes and used it to treat human cells in a lab. The exposed cells experienced DNA damage and died far sooner than those in the control group that were left untreated. Nicotine-free e-cigs caused 50% more DNA strand breaks, while for those containing nicotine, the damage rose 3-fold over 8 weeks, according to the study.
“There haven’t been many good lab studies on the effects of these products on actual human cells,” said Dr Jessica Wang-Rodriquez, professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego, and one of the lead researchers of the study. “Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public.”
The researchers used normal epithelial cells and exposed them to e-cigarette vapor, which caused several types of damage including DNA strand breaks, which occur when the double helix of the DNA is broken apart and the cellular repair process doesn’t work right. This increases the risk of cancer. The exposed cells were also more likely to develop apoptosis and necrosis, which lead to cell death.
Health officials and the scientific community have remained largely divided over the question of whether “vaping” is safe. Earlier this year, Public Health England urged cigarette smokers to switch to e-cigs, stating that the devices were far safer than traditional smokes.
However, a study released earlier this month by the Harvard School of Public Health found that 75% of flavored vapes and refill liquids tested contained diacetyl, a chemical that causes an irreversible lung disease called bronchitis obliterans (commonly known as “popcorn lung”). The condition is similar to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), whose symptoms may include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Scarring / hardening of lung tissue
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Skin Peeling
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