Bad News – Electronic Cigarettes Harm The Lungs
If you’re a smoker, and looking for alternatives and other ways to quit, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, might not be the way to go. A team in Greece has found that electronic cigarettes do in fact harm the lungs. Keep reading for details.
They found that the use of e-cigarettes causes an instant increase in airway resistance that lasts for 10 minutes in a majority of participants. A significant increase was found in non-smokers, regular smokers, and COPD and asthma patients.
“We do not yet know whether unapproved nicotine delivery products, such as e-cigarettes, are safer than normal cigarettes, despite marketing claims that they are less harmful. This research helps us to understand how these products could be potentially harmful,” said Professor Gratziou. “We found an immediate rise in airway resistance in our group of participants, which suggests e-cigarettes can cause immediate harm after smoking the device. More research is needed to understand whether this harm also has lasting effects in the long-term. The ERS recommends following effective smoking cessation treatment guidelines based on clinical evidence which do not advocate the use of such products.”