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Study: E-cigarettes may damage blood vessels

New research shows that electronic cigarette use may harm cardiovascular health, adding to the growing list of concerns about their safety. The study, which will be presented next Monday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, investigated the effect that e-cigarettes have on the endothelial cells that line the inside of...

Flavorants and Propylene Glycol From e-Cigarettes Form Harmful Irritants When Combined

The mixture of flavorants and propylene glycol (PG) in electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) leads to the formation of acetals that have been shown to activate irritation receptors, predisposing users to the same potential dangers as using traditional cigarettes, a new study said. Many current smokers, especially the younger generation, have viewed e-cigs as the new...

Scientists are starting to learn how e-cigs like the Juul can affect your health — and the results are troubling

Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death. In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium — all of which accumulate naturally in the leaves of the tobacco plant. It's no surprise, then, that much of...

Man nearly dies after inhaling piece of e-cigarette

A man trying to kick his smoking habit "nearly died" after he accidentally sucked part of his e-cigarette into his lungs and had to have surgery to remove it. Alan O'Brien, 40, inhaled the mouthpiece of the vape down his windpipe and was left gasping for air. Shop assistant manager O'Brien was left "whistling" as...

Cancer-causing chemicals stay in lungs during e-cigarette use, Nevada researchers find

E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular as a smoke-free alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, however the health effects of “vaping” on humans has been up for debate in the scientific and tobacco manufacturing communities. While aldehydes—chemicals like formaldehyde that are known to cause cancer in humans—have been identified in e-cigarette emissions by numerous studies, there...

Vaping Shuts Off Immune-Fighting Cells in the Lungs, Lab Study Finds

E-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to smoking, but the vapor they create might harm lung tissue much like regular cigarettes do, British researchers report. With or without nicotine, e-cigarette vapor increases inflammation and disables cells that protect lung tissue, human tissue tests reveal. Harming these cells makes them vulnerable to dust,...

FDA requires warning labels on e-cigarettes

The labels read, "WARNING: this product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical." ST. PAUL, Minn. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring new warning labels on e-cigarettes beginning August 10. The labels read, “WARNING: this product contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.” In Minnesota, the FDA required labels signify a victory for...

U of M study shows cancer risk in e-cigarettes

MINNEAPOLIS - A new study from the University of Minnesota suggests e-cigarettes aren't as harmless as you might think. "It's not as bad as smoking but it's not harmless," research lead Irina Stepanov says. Stepanov is a professor with the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She also leads an e-cigarette research project through the...

AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots — in Mice

A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device's vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of a stroke or heart attack. In the study published...

New study shows teen vaping increases toxin levels

Many celebrities have credited e-cigarettes for helping them quit smoking, but Katherine Heigl might have brought the most attention to vaping with her appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” in 2010. She and Letterman smoked from her e-cig. “This oughta get it done,” said Letterman. “I know,” agreed Heigl. “You have no...

The Medical Minute: Hazards of Juuling or Vaping

HERSHEY, Pa. — Mango, mint, fruit medley — these flavors are delicious in a smoothie but dangerous when they introduce youth and young adults to nicotine. A 2009 federal law outlawed the use of flavorings other than menthol in cigarettes, but electronic cigarettes — or e-cigarettes — are unregulated and exploit the flavors...

The Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes May Harm Blood Vessels

The wide assortment of flavorings used to spice up your vaping experience could be damaging your cardiovascular system, suggests new research released Thursday. The study, published in the journal of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that several common e-cigarette flavorings can directly harm blood vessels. But, as with so many similar studies,...

Cinnamon May Be Safe in Foods, but Is It Safe in E-Cigarettes?

A cinnamon food additive impaired the cilia in human lung cells. A common cinnamon food additive that is widely used to flavor e-cigarettes had harmful effects on human lung cells in a laboratory culture, disrupting the cells’ innate host defense system, scientists report. The compound, called cinnamaldehyde, gives cinnamon its characteristic flavor and smell and...

Teen develops ‘wet lung’ after vaping for just 3 weeks

An 18-year-old woman working as a hostess in a rural Pennsylvania restaurant decided to try e-cigarettes, perhaps another of the innumerable bistro workers hoping to calm frayed nerves with a smoke -- or in this case, a vape. This hostess, though, paid an unusual price for her e-cig use, according to a case study...

The Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigs

Recently, there has been a shift away from calling e-cigarettes “e-cigs.” In public health circles, people now tend to call them by what they do: deliver nicotine to the inhaler. Thus, the term Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, ENDS for short, has come into vogue. But I have a problem with that name. Nicotine isn’t...

E-cigarettes don’t need nicotine to be toxic

Vaped liquids produce gases that can damage and kill human cells Think electronic cigarettes without nicotine are harmless? Think again. A new study shows that the flavorings in e-cigs can harm human infection-fighting cells. E-cigarettes work by heating a flavored liquid to make a mist that users inhale, or “vape.” These flavored liquids, called e-liquids,...

E-cigarette flavors like ‘chocolate fudge’ and ‘cinnamon muffin’ are TOXIC to human cells, study finds

The e-cigarette industry has garnered billions of consumers with fun flavors - the cherry on top of tantalizing promises that the devices are safer than tobacco. Chocolate Fudge, Berry Splash, and Blueberry Cinnamon-Streusel Muffin are just a few of the options, promoting the experience from harmless to (arguably) delicious. However, a new study by the...

E-cigarette studies bust safety myth

Two new studies on e-cigarettes showed they contain cancer-causing chemicals and are associated with future cigarette smoking in teens. University of California, San Francisco researchers who authored the studies raised concerns about the attractiveness of e-cigarettes to youths in light of the growing evidence they are unsafe. E-cigarettes and toxic compounds For the study “Adolescent Exposure...

Bad News: Your E-Cig Vapors Might Contain Lead

A new study found toxic levels of metals, including lead, in e-cigarette vapors Lots of questions still linger about e-cigarettes, including just what you’re breathing in when you vape. New study findings show that the vapors from a variety of devices contain potentially toxic levels of metals, including lead. The study comes on the heels...

Scientists Identify 3 Very Toxic Vape Juice Flavors

Unfortunately, they're pretty common. Vapers have long claimed that using e-cigarettes is safer than smoking tobacco, and they’re right … mostly. Earlier in January, public health experts weighed in on the issue, saying that, while vaping is indeed safer than smoking, it can increase teens’ risk of smoking cigarettes. But just because vaping is safer...

Some E-Cigarette Flavors May Be More Harmful Than Others

It’s difficult for researchers to uncover what even goes into different vape juices. In the 1990s, several employees of a Missouri popcorn factory began reporting mysterious symptoms. They were always tired, wheezing, and out of breath. After doctors found scar tissue inside the factory workers’ lungs, they diagnosed the workers with an irreversible lung...

E-cigarette liquids may increase risk of allergy, asthma

According to researchers, the sample liquid they tested contained at least one substance that has some level of risk to health according to the United Nations classification system. LONDON: Commonly sold e-cigarette liquids contain at least one substance classified as a health risk, such as those capable of causing asthma and allergy symptoms, researchers...

Vape tricks could increase health risks, experts warn

Stunts could expose teens to higher levels of harmful chemicals, scientists worry Waterfall. Cheerios. Cloud chasing. These are names for shapes or patterns that people can make when exhaling vapor from an e-cigarette or other vaping device. A new study of teen vapers shows that more than three in every four had tried such...

E-Cigarettes Linked to Bladder Cancer Risk

Although many people think "vaping" is safer than smoking, research suggests that both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes are tied to an increased risk for bladder cancer. "We've known traditional smoking raises bladder cancer risk, and given the surge in popularity of e-cigarettes, its imperative we uncover any potential links" between e-cigarettes and bladder cancer,...

USC contributes to surgeon general’s first report on e-cigarettes and youth

Public health expert Jonathan Samet provides insight to a chapter on e-cigarette policy   U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has released a new report calling e-cigarettes “a major public health concern.” “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General,” the first comprehensive review on this public health challenge from the nation’s...