Vaping Is Bad For The Immune System, Says Study

Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought a study suggests./AGENCIES

Vaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought a study suggests./AGENCIES

Recent news revealed that vaping - which is supposed to be an alternative to cigarettes - is actually way more damaging to our body than we initially thought.

He added that little is known about the long-term effects of vaping on the lungs. "They are safer in terms of cancer risk - but if you vape for 20 or 30 years, it can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease", Thickett was quoted saying, according to a report in The Sun.

A third of the cells were exposed to plain e-cigarette fluid, a third to different strengths of the artificially vaped condensate with and without nicotine and another third were exposed to nothing for 24 hours.

Vapers will be happy to hear this was only the result of a small-scale lab test involving lung tissue samples taken from eight non-smokers, in which the cells were mechanically infused with vaping gases to mimic human use of the e-smoking systems.

The effects worsened as the "dose" was increased. The cell death also rose by fifty fold when exposed to the vapours.

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The study also found that the cells that were exposed to vaped condensate were far less able to engulf bacteria. These signals disabled the protective cells in the lungs. "One thing they can do is eat up foreign things, whether they be bacteria or viruses or just particles that have drifted down into the lungs".

'I don't believe e-cigarettes are more harmful than ordinary cigarettes. "And that may cause a loss of long function at a more accelerated pattern because they're starting it in their teens".

"There has been a lot of support for people to use e-cigarettes rather than traditional cigarettes because of the perceived safety of the e-cigarette process", lead researcher Dr. David Thickett said in a podcast. That's because every aspect of the devices and the fluids used in them has been changing at a rapid pace, he said.

But scientists and health officials across the world are now divided over the safety of e-cigarettes. "The current study does not address that question, but given the much lower levels and range of toxins in electronic cigarette vapor relative to cigarette smoke, the answer is likely to be substantially less", Professor John Britton, Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, who was not involved in the study, told the Science Media Centre.

Britton said: "This indicates that long-term use of electronic cigarettes is likely to have adverse effects, as is widely recognised by leading health authorities in the United Kingdom including the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England".

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