Vaping E-Liquids for a Month May Lead to Inflammation of Lungs, Study Finds

Vaping E-Liquids for a Month May Lead to Inflammation of Lungs, Study Finds

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The latest study reveals that e-cigarette vaping, particularly glycerin and propylene glycol, may inflame the lungs. The study published on Wednesday, in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, shows that people who had never smoked after using e-cigs twice a day for 30 days, levels of propylene glycol in their system had tied with changes in inflammatory cells counts of their lungs. Researchers involved in the study say it is the first experimental demonstration of the effect that vaping may have on inflammation in the human lungs.

Scientists from Ohio State University have found that vaping for even a small period of time can trigger an infection in adults who are not chain smokers. During the trial, they have analyzed participants vape using e-cigarette for four weeks. Notably, the vaping liquid did not have flavors or nicotine. After a month, researchers had asked the candidates to have a bronchoscopy. The scientists have found inflammation-caused cellular changes. As the trial excluded nicotine and other flavors, the results pinpoint that propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin may pave the way for inflammatory lung illnesses. Even more, both, glycol and vegetable glycerin are the main ingredients of a vaping liquid. Thus the study claims inflammation is a driving factor for cancer development in people who vape.

Dr. Peter Shields has led the clinical trial. He is a medical oncologist with a focus on lung cancer at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus. Dr. Peter notes inhaling stuff is going to affect the lungs. The author has denied reaching any conclusion like e-cigs are harmful to health. But he has offered a piece of evidence for that. Dr. Peter said, people have choices worldwide, and it makes sense that if people do not smoke, they should not start using e-cigarettes. As it is a primary study, there is a need for more research to determine how much inflammation may take place over a prolonged period of time.