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Vaping Could Be More Harmful Than We First Thought

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Whilst vaping was introduced and pushed as a ‘healthier’ alternative to smoking, the downsides have been much less documented.

Now a new study has shone some light on the negative impact vaping could be having on your health.


The small experimental study, led by Prof David Thickett, at the University of Birmingham, mimicked vaping a laboratory environment and tested the effects of e-cigarette vapour condensate on alveolar macrophages extracted from the lung tissue samples of eight non-smokers.


It found that the vapour caused inflammation and impaired the activity of alveolar macrophages cells, which remove dust particles, bacteria and allergens.

The study suggested that vaping can speed up the the death of lung cells by 50 fold and could trigger lung diseases in later life.

Prof David Thickett made it clear that he wasn’t so much trying to highlight that vaping is healthier than smoking, rather tackling the idea that e-cigarettes are entirely safe.

He also added that more in-depth research is needed to form a fully informed opinion.

“In terms of cancer-causing molecules in cigarette smoke, as opposed to cigarette vapour, there are certainly reduced numbers of carcinogens,” 

“They are safer in terms of cancer risk – but if you vape for 20 or 30 years and this can cause COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease], then that’s something we need to know about.”

“I don’t believe e-cigarettes are more harmful than ordinary cigarettes – but we should have a cautious scepticism that they are as safe as we are being led to believe,”

Another study, compiled by researchers at Dartmouth College’s Norris Cotton Cancer Centre, previously indicated that using e-cigarettes could actually increase the likelihood of going on to smoke actual cigarettes.

The model estimated that an eye-watering 168,000 adolescents, who had never smoked a cigarette had started smoking after using an electronic device.

It also predicts that E-Cigarette use would lead to 1,510,000 years of life lost.

Brad Lengden
Brad is the Editorial Manager of Student Problems and is responsible for bring the brand into the world of editorial. He studied journalism at the University of Salford, graduating in 2015 and writing for some of the biggest names in publishing, from NME Magazine to Skiddle to Manchester Confidential. His goal is to make people laugh, cry and relate within his articles sharing both personal experiences and telling the stories of others.