In recent years, vaping has slowly but surely pushed itself into mainstream culture as the safer alternative to smoking. With many people replacing their smokes with new vaping contraptions, many have speculated on what possible dangers could be hiding behind American’s new favorite addiction.
In a recent study, researchers tested e-cigarette vapor on cultured human bladder and lung cells to see exactly what the substance would do. Unfortunately, their findings may be the end of this recent trend.
According to them, the vapor caused the cells to mutate in a manner much higher than to be expected. Furthermore, they found that when mice were subjected to the smoke, they endured a significant amount of damage to their DNA.
The DNA damages encountered by the mice were found to have caused damage to their heart, lungs, and bladder compared to those who breathed normal air. They also found that the DNA repair systems that protect against cancer were also damaged.
Findings were published in the Journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in which researchers stated:
“We propose that ECS (e-cigarette smoke) is carcinogenic and that e-cig smokers have a higher risk than non-smokers to develop lung and bladder cancer and heart diseases.”
According to their paper, similar results were also found when human lung and bladder cells were exposed to nicotine.
However, Peter Hajek, the director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Until at Queen Mary University of London has stated that he doesn’t feel the evidence is sufficient enough. While experts do believe e-cigarettes to be damaging, they don’t believe they compare to cigarette smoke, which contains over 70 chemicals that are known to cause cancer. E-cigarettes, of course, have fewer chemicals.
More research will need to be done in order to find the truth of it all. But the fact remains, that many people believe vaping to be safer. And according to the research, that sadly isn’t the case.