The Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 68 percent of high school students smoke e-cigarettes.
Now, it's for India's 100 million adult smokers to decide which part of the story to believe, although Wu says that, "This study clearly shows that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes". Cigarettes are often associated with lung cancer, but the harmful habit of smoking is also deemed to be the prime cause of heart attacks.
According to researchers at Stanford University, flavoured "e-liquids" used in e-cigarettes, otherwise known as vapes, may damage the cells which line blood vessels, thus leading to cardiovascular disease. These cells were then exposed to six distinct e-cigarette flavorings in an attempt to see if they can cause any effects without being accompanied by nicotine.More news: 'Dark Crystal' Trailer: Taron Egerton In Jim Henson Epic
While e-cigarettes are often regarded as a substitute for traditional tobacco products, a new study suggests that vaping certain flavors could increase one's risk of developing sudden or chronic heart problems.
For the study, Wu and his colleagues grew endothelial cells from blood samples drawn from five smokers, five nonsmokers, two e-cigarette users and two people who use both e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes. In fact, the CDC reported that 38% of high schoolers and 13% of middle schoolers have tried vaping. And, among six different popular flavors that were tested- cinnamon, menthol, fruit, tobacco, sweet tobacco with caramel and vanilla, and sweet butterscotch-cinnamon and menthol were found to be particularly harmful. Human iPS cells can become many different cell types, and they provide an ideal way for researchers to closely study cells that would be hard to isolate directly from a patient. They conclude by explaining that e-cigarettes "are not a safe alternative to tobacco".
Cinnamon and menthol "significantly decreased the viability of the cells", even without nicotine.More news: Google Welcomes Cricket World Cup 2019 with Doodle
E-cigarettes aren't considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavourings may be bad for the heart. Cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla flavors were found to boost the uptake of LDL and lipids, while caramel and vanilla also potentially negatively impacted new blood vessel growth.
Wu further said that it is very important for e-cigarettes users to realize that the chemicals present in the e-cigarettes are circulating within their body and can affect their cardiovascular health.
The findings "suggest that even without the smoke of combustible cigarette products, there may be a smouldering fire of adverse health effects", she wrote in an accompanying editorial.More news: Weight of an apple: Girl becomes tiniest newborn to survive