Researchers at John Hopkins University and other experts warn that while vaping helps cigarette smokers to give up the lung cancer habit, they believe that long term addicted use of vaping harms lungs and can cause cancer as well as respiratory failure.
Vaping products are not thought to be cancer risk free as they bathe lung tissue with potentially harmful chemicals that cause an inflammatory response leading to cancer.
E-cigarette aerosol contains a cocktail of nicotine, toxic metals, propylene glycol and glycerol, flavourings, and other chemicals; a potentially lethal cocktail that reaches deep into the lungs. Some of these substances are suspected to cause cancer, and others have put several people in intensive care units (ICUs) with respiratory failure.
News of a £1bn campaign by tobacco company BAT to attract young adults and non-smokers and new nicotine users to vaping via social media influencers is now causing concern.
Pop stars and sporting personalities are being used on social media like TikTok and YouTube in the way that Hollywood stars and doctors were handsomely paid to promote cigarette smoking in 1930s and 1940s advertisements.
Professor Ian Hampson PhD comments:
Finally, nowadays it seems that no medical article is complete without a mention of the coronavirus. This article is no exception since both vaping and smoking have been shown to increase its transmission. See Healthline below.
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