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Study finds e-cigarettes can cause lung damage

Study finds e-cigarettes can cause lung damage

The cocktail of chemical flavorings and additives in e-cigarettes can cause inflammation in the lungs, which in some instances may be worse than the damage caused by conventional cigarettes, a new medical investigation has found.

Writing in the current issue of the American Journal of Physiology, researchers discovered extensive inflammation triggered by inhalation of e-cigs’ heated chemical cocktail. There was no evidence in the laboratory-based study that the inflammation posed a cancer risk.

Although the research was conducted in mice, medical experts Friday said this is the kind of study that should have preceded e-cigs’ launch years ago before they became widely marketed products. E-cigs were created to help wean smokers off conventional cigarettes, and the multibillion-dollar industry since has ushered in a new vaping habit that not only has attracted adults but is spreading among teens.

“We are behind in terms of research,” said Dr. Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control, a division of Northwell Health in Great Neck. Folan was not connected with the study.

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