E-Cigarettes Harm Human Cells

Posted: Dec 30 2015, 5:02am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

E-Cigarettes Harm Human Cells
E-cigarettes were the target of lab investigations at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. CREDIT Kevin Walsh
  • Electronic Cigarettes cause Harm on a Cellular Level

It has been found that electronic cigarettes cause extensive harm on a cellular level in humans. This fact was discovered after a series of lab tests.

E-cigarettes carry certain health risks that may be nasty indeed. A laboratory team of researchers found out that e-cigarettes damaged cells in such a manner that cancer was the end result.

They tested two products and reached the conclusion that these so-called sophisticated version of cigarettes were the worst of all tobacco products. Even those versions that didn’t have any nicotine in them were very injurious to health.

While the marketers of these special cigarettes are bending over backwards to prove once and for all that these products are benign, in fact they cause a host of negative symptoms in those who use them on a regular basis.

"Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public," wrote the researchers, who published their findings in the journal Oral Oncology.

The public is doing itself a disservice by smoking these technological cigarette substitutes. Cancer is the joker in the pack that disturbs the scientist’s orderly theories concerning cigarette smoke.

Carcinogens are spread throughout the environment and may be present in everything from cured salami to smoked salmon. E-cigarettes are no different. Up until now no lab studies had been undertaken with reference to human beings. But now the results are in.

Head and neck cancers are common in cigarette smokers. An extract taken from two brands of e-cigarettes were applied to human cell cultures in petri dishes.

The cells that were exposed tended to display damaged DNA and some of them even expired. Those that remained unexposed were fresh and pristine in their state. The exposed cells showed DNA strand breaks and strains.

The double helical strands of DNA have units of adenine and guanine and other chemical compounds that join up in the ladder-like structure. When these structural unities are broken apart the result is normally nothing apart from cancer.

The cells that were exposed to the toxins from the e-cigarettes were more likely to undergo apoptosis and necrosis. Cells from the buccal cavity and lungs were used in the experiment.

A nicotine and a nicotine-free version were used in the study. While the former caused more damage, the latter was not far behind in its ravaging effects. This is rather like the difference between sugar and saccharine.

Both are harmful and just because you find a substitute for a toxic substance doesn’t mean the alternative is any better. E-cigarettes are bad for the body. Period. There is no way around this hard fact.

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