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Study: Vaping E-Cigarettes May Damage Cell DNA

Study: Vaping E-Cigarettes May Damage Cell DNA

January 4, 2016 — Vaping liquids in e-cigarettes can harm cells and damage DNA, according to a new study published in Oral Oncology.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego used vapor extracts from two popular e-cigarette brands, including nicotine and nicotine-free liquids. Human epithelial cells were soaked in the liquid for time-periods ranging from two days to eight weeks.

The researchers discovered that both nicotine and nicotine-free vaping liquids caused cell damage, with significantly less viability and higher rates of necrosis and cell death. E-cigarette vapors were cytotoxic and damaged DNA strands in a way that might lead to cancer.

In conclusion, the study authors warned:

“Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public. … Further assessment of the potential carcinogenic effects of e-cigarette vapor is urgently needed.”

Concern about the safety of vaping e-cigarettes has grown in recent months. Several studies have found that heating liquids can release toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein.

Last month, researchers at Harvard analyzed 51 vaping liquids and found diacetyl in 75% of products. Diacetyl is a flavoring chemical that is a risk-factor for “Popcorn Lung,” a devastating lung disease also known as bronchiolitis obliterans. Symptoms include severe shortness of breath and dry cough.

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