Those who switched to e-cigarette as an alternative to tobacco should be aware that it is equally harmful to their lung, a new research shows.
According to the study published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine the e-cigarette use causes a unique innate immune response in the Lung.
The study compared sputum samples from 15 e-cigarette users, 14 current cigarette smokers and 15 non-smokers and looked at possible biomarkers of harm in the lungs.
The study, considered to be the first to use human airway samples to explore the harmful effects of e-cigarettes found that e-cigarettes produced some of the same negative consequences as cigarettes.
“Our results suggest that e-cigarettes might be just as bad as cigarettes” says senior study author Mehmet Kesimer, associate professor of pathology at the University of North Carolina, reported Newswise.
“Our data shows that e-cigarettes have a signature of harm in the lung that is both similar and unique, which challenges the concept that switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a healthier alternative.” he has stated.
E-cigarettes are the devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves but instead vaporise a solution the user then inhales.
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According to a report published this year by World Health Organization on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, one in 10 deaths around the world is caused by tobacco use.
Tobacco use kills more than 7 million people each year.
The e-cigarette use increased by 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015. Also in 2016, the US’s Food and Drug Administration extended its regulatory oversight of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes.
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