“The use of the word ‘healthier’ in this context, as if it is synonymous with ‘less harmful,” is misleading if not deceitful,” said Honaramooz, a professor and researcher in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences.
“In the absence of evidence, the premise for claiming e-cigarettes as being less harmful than smoking is shaky.”
Honaramooz’s successful research program focuses on reproductive technologies for use in animals and people. He and his team of researchers are recognized globally for their award-winning work with cell imaging and the successful regeneration of functional testis tissue from stem cells in vitro (in a petri dish) and in vivo (implanted in living mice).
In 2020, his laboratory team designed an experiment that allows researchers to identify and study in detail the effects of e-cigarette use on the health and development of testis tissue. This latest project is inspired by a recent Health Canada survey which found that e-cigarette use by Canadian youth tripled between 2014 and 2019, jumping from a prevalence rate of six percent to 20 percent in only five years.
Savannah Goldstein, University of Saskatchewan – Medical Express – 2021-04-12.