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Researchers study effects of e-cigarettes, vaping on the lungs

vaping e cigarette close up shutterstock 369589925 326x210 Researchers study effects of e cigarettes, vaping on the lungsWhen e-cigarettes first became available, marketing ads boasted that they were far safer than cigarettes, because you were inhaling nothing but vaporized water and nicotine.

Researchers began digging to try to find out exactly what is in the e-cigarette liquid and exactly what people are breathing when inhaling the vapors (known as “vaping“).

Online publication The Daily Dot has been doing some research of its own, putting e-cigarettes to the test. Stanton Glantz, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, told The Daily Dot that e-cigarette liquids do, in fact, have toxic chemicals.

“In the process of heating up [e-cigarette liquid,] you get a lot of aldehydes and the ultrafine particles are themselves dangerous. The cancer risk is probably lower than a conventional cigarette, but the effects of the ultrafine particles and the aldehydes are about the same.”

The particles have an effect on the lungs that could cause inflammation, which, in the long run, is linked to lung disease.

The liquids also contain a variety of chemicals such as formaldehyde, which is a suspect that is linked to cancer, and diacetyl, the culprit behind bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious chronic lung disease.

Diacetyl is an ingredient that provides buttery, creamy flavoring. Bronchiolitis obliterans is also known as “popcorn lung” for the popcorn factory workers that developed the disease after heavy exposure to diacetyl.

Source: The Daily Dot