The researchers of the University of Rochester and The Lundquist Institute (formerly known as LA BioMed) have found how vaping affects the lungs of an individual. The results show that even as little as 3 days use of e-cigarettes or vaping products can cause lung damage.
Lung damaging effects of e-cigarettes
For the study, the researchers have exposed the male and female mice to aerosols vaped from e-cigarettes, for two hours per day for three days. Whereas, propylene glycerol commonly used as the carrier fluid for vaping product was utilized for this purpose.
Exposure for even just three days was capable of causing sufficient damage to their lungs, further increasing the risk of long-term lung damage.
The researchers observed that the damage was occurring with the both, e-cigarettes containing nicotine, and those with just propylene glycol as the carrier fluid. The results have also shown that the number of inflammatory responses to e-cigarettes containing both nicotine and propylene glycol was more in females.
This suggests that women may be more susceptible to negative health impacts from e-cigarettes use or vaping. The research also provides new insights into the lung-damaging effects of e-cigarettes.
It is the first study to report that acute exposure to an aerosol containing polyethylene glycol alone can cause oxidative stress in the lungs. It has also reported that vaping doesn’t need to occur over a long period to cause harmful effects.
This new research is a combined effort of the University of Rochester and The Lundquist Institute, with some of the main analytic components leading to its inferences performed at The Lundquist Institute.
Dr. Irfan Rahman was leading the University of Rochester team. While Dr. Virender K. Rehan oversaw The Lundquist Institute’s involvement in the study.
Vaping in any form is dangerous
While its findings were presented in FASEB BioAdvances in the article “Dysregulated repair and inflammatory responses by e-cigarette-derived inhaled nicotine and humectant propylene glycol in a sex-dependent manner in mouse lung”.
Rehan stated that their effort provides evidence that vaping ‘juices’ are harmful to lungs even without nicotine or flavors. In other words, vaping in any form is unsafe and harmful for the well-being of a person.
According to the recent statement of CDC, vaping or e-cigarette use had possibly caused over 1,000 people in the U.S. to suffer from a lung injury, attributing to almost 18 deaths.
The use of vaping products containing both THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) and nicotine has heightened in recent years, as it permits people to utilize these products more conveniently and discreetly.
Many e-cigarette users have switched from conventional cigarettes for significant health reasons. But the uncertain quality control and the limited track record of vaping products may make e-cigarettes use a risky choice – especially given the findings of this latest study.
Dr. David Meyer, Ph.D. is the CEO and President of The Lundquist Institute. He said that vaping is an emerging public health problem, especially among young people. And his institute supports the efforts made by Dr. Rehan and his team, which will hopefully save lives and halt severe lung injuries.