E-cigarettes not really a ‘healthy’ alternative

E-cigarettes have come into the spotlight after hundreds of cases reported revolving around lung issues.

E-cigarettes in recent years have become popular as the healthier alternatives to cigarettes and tobacco products. This may not exactly be the case though.

A study conducted by scientists in the University of Adelaide Australia has shed light on how e-cigarettes are no better than cigarettes. Fumes from these electronic cigarettes, flavored ones in particular, can destroy bronchial epithelial cells.

Bronchial epithelial cells are ones that form a lining in the respiratory system, which basically keep the lungs and airway clean.

E-cigarette fumes are also likely to interfere with a person’s immune system. This is possible as it could obstruct the workings of macrophages – white blood cells that tackle infections or damaged cells.

After there being 6 confirmed deaths and hundreds of health cases reported in US alone, the issue for government regulation has been raised.

New York is said to ban flavored e-cigarettes, where as in India they are being banned overall. Selling, producing or even importing these could land you with jail time or hefty fines.

Until we know more, think twice about vaping. Federal and state authorities recommend avoiding all vaping until more is known. If you do decide to vape, avoid e-cigarettes bought “off the street” and stick with brand name e-cigarette products without modification (such as adding marijuana or other drugs).


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