A study has found out why e-cigarettes have been linked to a few cases of lung diseases recently. While they haven’t been officially linked in eight related deaths, early speculation holds that the culprit is the flavored variety.
According to research released in the Respirology medical journal, Dr. Miranda Ween and her team have established that the concentrations of chemicals in flavored e-cig juices can affect their toxicity.
The report states, “e-cigarettes were shown to cause toxicity, increased oxidative stress, reduced proliferation, loss of lung barrier function of endothelial cells, and were linked to an asthma-like response.”
Dr. Ween goes on, stating “These data further show that e-cigarettes should not be considered harmless to non-smokers and their effects may go far beyond cytotoxicity to cells.” The issue, in Dr. Ween’s estimation, is that no regulations are in place on the production of e-cigarette liquids and what mixture and concentration of chemicals flavor them.
An estimated 3.6 million teens in the US use vaping products. Vape manufacturer Juul Labs recently has been embroiled in legal trouble regarding their allegedly child-targeting advertising. Numerous other vape manufacturers have caught heat recently for advertising their products as a “safer” alternative to smoking.
Several state legislatures and even the Trump Administration have responded by proposing that flavored vapes be banned outright. While this knee-jerk reaction seems surprising to those who vape regularly, it is seen by many as a necessary step to protect children.
The Center for Disease Control has stated that in light of over 530 reported cases of lung injury that might be linked to vaping, that they have begun an investigation into the matter. Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, CDC Incident Manager, issued the following statement:
“While this investigation is ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products. People who do use e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms, for example, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and vomiting — and promptly seek medical attention for any health concerns.”
He continued, “If you’re an e-cigarette user, we urge you to heed the CDC’s advice while they investigate the lung injury cases.”