For those looking to quit smoking, an increasingly popular option is to switch over to e-cigarettes. Giving users a hit of nicotine without the damaging chemicals that are found in tobacco means ‘vaping’ is considered a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.
Now however, new research shows that the chemicals used to flavour the vapour in e-cigarettes may be damaging the lungs in the same way as tobacco.
The study was carried out by the Cell Biology and Physiology Department of the University of North Carolina and was presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.
The study looked at 13 different flavours, and found that five of these (including Menthol Tobacco, Hot Cinnamon Candies and Banana Pudding) were toxic in high doses. These five were also found to change the cell viability, the cell proliferation and calcium signalling.
Lead author, Temperance Rowell (a graduate of the university) says the effects of chemicals in e-cigarette vapour…