Reuters Daniel Becerril
E-cigarettes are often portrayed as healthy alternatives to traditional cigarettes, but a new study suggests that e-cigarettes may not be as safe as they seem.
And researchers from the University of California, Irvine, warned that e-cigarettes containing heating elements could cause “significant” damage to the lungs.
In this study, researchers conducted a large-scale investigation to explore the effects of e-cigarettes on the cardiovascular system.
While conducting experiments, researchers found that people who used e-cigarettes with heating elements made from nickel-chromium alloys suffered a lung injury.
Dr Robert Cloner, lead author of the study, said: “The results were very influential, and we felt that it was imperative to publish the initial results early so that e-cigarette users could be warned sooner, especially given that e-cigarette users are at increased risk from Covid-19. “.
As of September 2019, most e-cigarettes feature a stainless steel heating system.
However, more and more e-cigarettes are now being sold with nickel and chromium heating elements.
“Within an hour of starting the trial, we observed evidence of severe respiratory distress, including difficulty breathing, wheezing, and shortness of breath,” said Dr. Michael Kleinman, a co-author of the study.
After analyzing the lung tissue of the study participants, we found that they are very vulnerable and observed other serious changes such as lung lesions, red blood cell congestion, erasure of the alveolar spaces, and pneumonia in some cases.
The researchers hope the results will lead to additional studies on the effects of e-cigarettes on the lungs.
Dr. Cloner added: “While more research is needed, the harms associated with electronic cigarettes and vaporizers cannot be overstated.”