According to a new study published in the journal Radiology this week, vapors, even temporarily, can affect the blood vessels of healthy people – even if the Vape Pod contains no nicotine.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine studied 31 volunteers, all of whom were healthy non-smokers with a mean age of about 24 years.
Participants were monitored as they took 16 inhalations of three seconds each from a disposable e-cigarette. The researchers used an e-buffer containingwhich did not contain nicotine. A research coordinator made sure participants did not cough or swallow the steam.
The researchers then performed MRI scans on participants and found a reduction in the blood flow in the femoral artery in their legs. This change already occurred after an evaporation experience.
The findings suggest that the function of the endothelium or the inner lining of the blood vessels is compromised, as explained in a press release to the study.
Many e-cigarette users are convinced that they inhale only water vapor, "Alessandra Caporale, Ph.D. student and lead author of the study, said in an opinion," but the solvents, flavorings, and additives in the liquid base are putting users on the hook The elimination of multiple insults of the respiratory tract and blood vessels. "
The authors say that more research on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes is needed, but the short-term harm can be hard to ignore: an increasing number of people became ill According to the CDC, 1
In one of these cases, a previously healthy 17-year-oldAn 18-year-old suffered a .
"We are currently focusing on haup It is mainly due to lung damage, but it happens much more, "said Dr. Diana Zuckerman, President of The National Center for Health Research recently reported CBS News. "There are chemicals in Juul and e-cigs, and we're not sure what the impact will be as we've never seen them before."
A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics revealed a number of different toxic chemicals in e-cigarettes, including one related to various cancers. Some of the chemicals emerged even when teenagers used non-nicotine-containing products such as fruit flavored vapes.