New study reveals that vaping could be just as bad for you as smoking
Vaping is a trend that seems to have taken over the world. Social media is awash with people doing their best tricks with their e-cigarettes, making dragons and having vaping battles. It also seems that whether you're in your car, down the pub or simply walking down the street minding your own business - you're never too far away from a flavoured cloud of smoke. If you're more of a sweet cherry person, or simply like the smell of good ol' tobacco, there's no doubt that vaping has made our lives a lot more fragrant, while also seemingly preventing people from destroying their lungs through smoking cigarettes.
However, while we were all led to believe that vaping was much more beneficial for the body than smoking, it turns out we may have been wrong the whole time.
According to a shocking new study that has recently been published, smoking e-cigarettes damages users' bodies in unique ways, and the habit could be just as harmful as smoking. In the research, which was carried out by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the saliva from e-cigarette smokers, smokers and non-smokers was compared by scientists, in order to see the ways in which the respective habits impact our lungs.
The results showed that those who smoked e-cigarettes showed levels of protein which is linked to serious lung conditions. The researchers believe that vaping could lead to disorders such as inflammatory lung disease and asthma, and may also lead to other serious inflammatory conditions such as lupus and psoriasis.
Dr Mehmet Kesimer, who was the lead author of the study, said: "There is confusion about whether e-cigarettes are “safer” than cigarettes because the potential adverse effects of e-cigarettes are only beginning to be studied.
"Our results suggest that e-cigarettes might be just as bad as cigarettes.
Our data shows that e-cigarettes have a signature of harm in the lung that is both similar and unique, which challenges the concept that switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a healthier alternative."
However, don't worry vapers, it's not all bad news. In a different review on e-cigarettes, Public Health England took a look at the effects of e-cigarettes on our bodies and concluded that they were 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes.
On an advice page on their website, The NHS says, "E-cigarettes are still fairly new and we won’t have a full picture on their safety until they have been in use for many years. However, according to current evidence on e-cigarettes, they carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes."
No doubt this new recent research will cast a few doubts over e-cigarettes, which still remain a relatively unknown quantity in terms of the effects they have on our health. Personally, I believe that anything that can get people off cigarettes is beneficial, no matter how annoying those sweet scented clouds are.