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Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine

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Researchers say Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous.

Researchers say Liquid in E-Cigarettes Dangerous

According to a new study from National Jewish Health in Denver, the liquid found in e-cigarettes significantly increases the risk for viral infections in users, whether it contains nicotine or not.

By taking cells from the airways of young, healthy non-smokers and exposing them to the liquid or vapors from e-cigarettes, researchers were able to determine that inhaling the vapor can damage epithelial cells and increase the risk of infections. The scientists discovered that when they exposed the cells to the liquid or vapors in the lab, it only took 10 minutes for a reaction to occur, according to the National Jewish Health (NJH) website.

“The cells showed a strong pro-inflammatory response and the risk of viral infection in those cells rose significantly,” said Hong Wei Chu, director of the Basic Science Section at National Jewish Health and leader of the study.

“Epithelial cells are the first line of defense in our airways and they protect our bodies from anything dangerous we might inhale,” Qun Wu, MD, PhD, explained. Wu conducted the study, which was published in the journal PLOS-One.

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., particularly among young people. Less than 2 percent of adults in the U.S. said they had tried e-cigarettes in 2010. Last year, 40 million adults said they had tried the nicotine delivery devices, an increase of more than 620 percent, NJH reported.

The New York Times (Times) reported last month that a survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 17 percent of 12th graders who participated reported using an e-cigarette in the last month. Among 10th graders, the reported use of e-cigarettes was 16 percent. Among 8th graders, it was 8.7 percent.

E-cigarettes can also be dangerous to children, the scientists noted. “Many of these products are marketed to young consumers with flavors like bubblegum or cherry, and when you flavor them that way, not only are they more appealing but young people might falsely assume they are safe to use, “ said Dr. David Tinkelman, medical director of health initiatives at National Jewish Health. “That is an inherently dangerous situation when you’re talking about use among children and teenagers, especially.”

In April, NBC News reported that according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, more than half of the poisoning reports involved children age 5 and younger, and that e-cigarettes now account for more than 40 percent of all poison center calls about cigarette-type products. In December, what is believed to be the first child death due to e-cigarette poisoning was reported in Fort Plain, New York. The 1-year-old child died after ingesting liquid nicotine, according to ABC News. disclaimer: This article: Researchers say the Liquid Found in E-Cigarettes is Dangerous Even if it Doesn’t Contain Nicotine was posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 4:05 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits, Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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