Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have warned that e-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ damage to the lungs

They’re often portrayed as healthier alternatives to cigarettes, but a new study suggests that e-cigarettes may not be as safe as they seem.

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have warned that e-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ damage to the lungs.

In the study, the researchers carried out a large-scale study to explore the effects of e-cigarette and other vaping produces on the cardiovascular system.

While conducting experiments, the researchers found that people who used e-cigarettes with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements experienced lung injury.

Dr Robert Kloner, senior author of the study, said: “The results were so impactful, we felt it imperative to release the initial findings early so that electronic cigarette users could be cautioned sooner, especially considering E-cigarette users are at increased risk of COVID-19.”

Until September 2019, most e-cigarettes featured a stainless steel heating system.

However, more and more e-cigarettes are now being sold with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements.

Dr Michael Kleinman, a researcher on the project, said: “Within an hour of beginning an experiment, we observed evidence of severe respiratory distress, including laboured breathing, wheezing and panting.

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Shivali Best – The Mirror – September 29, 2020.

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