Study Questions E-Cigarette Safety
A new study raises doubts about the safety of e-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, considered a healthy alternative to smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes.
Medical News Today reports that the study conducted by the University of Athens, Greece, sought to examine the short-term effect of e-cigarettes. The study, in which 32 individuals (including eight non-smokers) smoked e-cigarettes for 10 minutes, concluded that the devices can lead to an instant elevation in airway resistance—the opposition shown by the respiratory tract to airflow during respiration. The effect lasted up to 10 minutes after smoking stopped.
Researchers say the airway resistance suggests that the devices may cause harm to smokers but more study of the devices is needed, writes Medical News Today.
E-cigarettes are small battery-powered devices that release water vapor that may or may not contain nicotine.
The manufacturers, distributors, and marketers of electronic cigarettes say that the e-cigarette is a healthier option to the tobacco cigarette as the user does not inhale tobacco smoke, which contains thousands of poisonous chemicals.
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