Using E-Cigarettes Could Leave Lungs Vulnerable to Infection, Australian Research Finds

Dr Miranda Ween, a researcher in the Lung Research Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, in Australia, has been studying the effects e-cigarette vapor may have on the lungs, and though her findings won't be published until next year, she has revealed that using e-cigs makes users prone to lung infections. Ween's research focused primarily on the lungs' capacity to clear unwanted cells and bacteria, and it apparently found that e-cigarette use impairs this ability. "We...

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E-Cigarettes Around 95% Safer Than Smoking, Scientific Review Shows

According to an expert independent review commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), an agency of the UK’s Department of Health, and led by researchers from King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London, e-cigarette use is around 95% safer than smoking tobacco. "E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm," Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at...

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Big Tobacco Study Claims E-Cigarette Vapor Is as Harmless to Human Airway Tissue as Plain Air

A new study funded by tobacco giant British American Tobacco (BAT) and published in the Toxicology in Vitro scientific journal found that electronic cigarette vapor is about as safe as air to human airway tissue. Scientists at British American Tobacco teamed up with the MatTek Corporation, which makes models of human cells used in 'in vitro' laboratory experiments, to test the potential adverse effects of e-cigarette vapor on airway tissue compared to cigarette smoke....

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Italian Study Claims E-Cigarettes Are Safe to Use but Don’t Help Smokers Quit

According to an Italian study published in the PLoS One medical journal, electronic cigarettes can keep ex-smokers from relapsing, but do not help dual-users give up smoking. Fourteen Italian researchers from various universities, healthcare organizations and the Higher Institute of Health (ISS) monitored a large sample of e-cigarette users, smokers and dual users, for a period of 12 months, to see how successful they are in Read More...

E-Cigarettes NOT a Gateway to Smoking for Teens, French Survey Shows

According to a new survey conducted on a representative sample of over 3,000 French students, electronic cigarettes do spark teen curiosity, but they are not a gateway to smoking. On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, French association Paris Sans Tabac (Tobacco-Free Paris) partnered with the Paris Academy to shed some light on controversial issues, like whether e-cigarettes act as a gateway to smoking for youths. To find some much needed answers, they conducted a survey on...

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Analysis Shows Metals Emitted from E-Cigarettes Are Within Safety Limits

Several studies have reported the presence of heavy metals in electronic cigarette aerosol, which is plausible due to the build structure of these devices. However the health impact they might have on users has not been properly defined. In order to shed some light on this issue, a team of Greek researchers led by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos conducted a through analysis, evaluating the exposure of e-cigarette users to heavy metals and comparing it with currently-available...

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Research Suggests Vaping Could Cause Emphysema

After examining how e-cigarette vapor affects lung cells compared to tobacco smoke, researchers at Central Michigan University College of Medicine concluded that vaping could lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) like emphysema. Dr. Neeraj Vij,  an associate professor of molecular and cell biology, and his colleagues at CMU exposed both human bronchial epithelial cells and live mice to e-cigarette vapor to test how they are effected, and found that...

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Group of Experts Concludes There Isn’t Enough Evidence That E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

The US Preventive Services Task Force, a Government-convened group of experts conducted an in-depth review of studies on smoking cessation and concluded that there isn't enough evidence that electronic cigarettes actually help smokers quit. The group of experts reportedly analyzed a number of studies that investigated the effectiveness of various smoking cessation methods, for both adults and pregnant women, and wasn't particularly impressed with electronic cigarettes. In...

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Study Claims E-Cigarettes Make It Harder to Quit Smoking, Gets Labeled as Junk Science

A study carried out by researchers from the University of California and San Diego State University found that people who had ever used e-cigarettes were half as likely to quit smoking or even reduce their cigarette consumption compared to people who said they would never use electronic cigarettes. Considering the controversy regarding whether Read More...

E-Cigarettes Not Cool Enough for Teenagers, New Study Shows

E-cigarette opponents keep saying that electronic cigarettes act as a gateway to smoking for teenagers, but according to a recent Welsh study very few teens who try e-cigarette users become regular users, and the few who do most likely smoked conventional cigarettes first. The researcher's findings are based on the results of two nationally representative surveys of primary and secondary schoolchildren from 150 schools in Wales, carried out in 2013 and 2014. A total of...

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