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E-cigarettes may damage brain stem cells: study

Puffing on electronic cigarettes can damage neural stem cells important to brain function, a new study says.

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that e-cigarettes produce a stress response in neural stem cells, researchers at the University of California at Riverside reported in a study published in the interdisciplinary open-access journal iScience.

E-cigarette users may think they’re safer and cleaner than tobacco cigarettes — but evidence is mounting that nicotine is harmful whether it’s smoked in a traditional cigarette or vaped in an e-cigarette. Another recent study found that certain e-cigarette flavorings damage cardiovascular cells.

Such products “are not harmless,” said Atena Zahedi, who earned her PhD in bioengineering and co-authored the paper.

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