Yet another study finds popular vapes ‘damage lungs just like cigarettes’

VAPES could cause “significant” lung damage, another study suggests.

Canadian researchers found that exposure to vapor from Juul e-cigarettes altered cells in the lungs.

FILE PHOTO: Juul e-cigarettes are seen on the counter of a vape store in Santa Monica, California, U.S. on June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

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FILE PHOTO: Juul e-cigarettes are seen on the counter of a vape store in Santa Monica, California, U.S. on June 23, 2022. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoPhoto credit: Reuters

While the worst effects were seen with prolonged exposure, even low concentrations had significant effects, the team said.

dr Carolyn Baglole, of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, said the study suggests vaping could lead to long-term lung damage.

She said: “The health consequences of vaping are unknown.

“Our results show that inhaling the vapor produced by a popular brand of e-cigarettes causes widespread changes in the lungs.

“[These] The data also underscores that these products are not inert and can cause lung damage with long-term use.”

Around 3.2 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes, with officials concerned about rising use among teenagers.

Juul is the most popular brand for reusable vapes that use cartridges, accounting for around 19 per cent of UK sales in 2021-2022.

But their use by young people has been quickly supplanted by disposable e-cigarettes in recent years.

About half of adults ages 18 to 24 who vaped in the past year used brands like Elf Bars, up from just 2.8 percent in 2021, according to Action on Smoking and Health.

Research suggests that e-cigarettes are significantly less dangerous to people’s health than regular cigarettes, reducing the risk of deadly diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

However, data on how long-term use affects the body is sparse.

And experts fear people who have never smoked before may be putting themselves at risk by adopting a vaping habit.

The latest study, published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, experimented on mice.

The researchers exposed a third of the rodents to 60 puffs a day for four weeks.

The mice were dosed in three 20-minute sessions, each with a three-hour break, to mimic how e-cigarette users vape.

The rest of the mice were exposed to e-cigarette fluid used in refillable vape pens or regular air.

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They found that exposure to the Juul vapor altered gene and protein levels in the mice’s lungs, similar to how cancer develops in cigarette smokers.

The Sun reached out to Juul for comment.

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Emma James

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