LONDON, Dec 30, 2015:
Vaping could be “no better” than smoking regular cigarettes and may be linked to cancer, scientists have found, reported The Independent.
The study, which showed that vapour from e-cigarettes can damage or kill human cells, was published as the devices are to be rolled out by UK public health officials as an aid to quit smoking from 2016.
According to The Independent report, an estimated 2.6 million people in the UK currently use e-cigarettes.
The study involved exposing human cells with both nicotine-based and nicotine-free e-cigarette vapour.
Researchers found that the cells which had not come into contact with vapour were more likely to become damaged or die than those which had not.
The paper, which was published in the Oral Oncology journal, concluded that the tests “strongly suggest” that electronic cigarettes are “not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public.”
“Vapourised e-cig liquids induce increased DNA strand breaks and cell death.”
Dr Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, chief of pathology at the San Diego branch of the US Department of Veteran Affairs and co-author of the research said “evidence to date” suggested that e-cigarettes are “no better than smoking regular cigarettes”.
She explained that many studies have shown that nicotine can damage cells, however her team’s study indicates that other components in e-cigarettes may be carginogenic.