The E-cigarette has been marketed to us as a safer alternative to tobacco and its accompanying toxins for years now. Whether the e-cigarette is safer or not is a debate to be held separately, but the real question is, are these things safe at all?
New research shows that the e-cigarette delivers a mix of toxic chemicals to the lungs which include carcinogens. According to a separate study the use of this substitute smoke may well turn some bacterial infections into being resistant to antibiotics.
The market for these gadgets has been booming since their introduction a few years ago. Vaping as it has become known, has emerged in pockets of cities like London and LA as a lifestyle choice to celebrate in cool bars or cafes where multiple flavours of vape liquid can be purchased.
Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, says “There’s no question that a puff on an e-cigarette is less toxic than a puff on a regular cigarette,”
However, a report released at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Denver on May 17, 2015, stated that certain flavourings used in electronic cigarettes can harm lung cells.
Scientists tested 13 flavours of vape by exposing them to human lung cells. The research tested the flavours for both 30 minutes exposure and 24 hours of exposure. Of the 13 tested, 5 caused harmful effects including the slowing of cell replication. With higher doses, kola, vanilla, hot cinnamon candies, banana pudding and menthol tobacco triggered cell death.
The other elements to make up an e-cig include propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine and nicotine, did not have the same negative effects on the cells in this research.