Vaping may increase risk for pneumonia, study says

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED February 8, 2018 03:04 pm
Photo by Shara Balce/Inside Manila

(Inside Manila) Vape users may have to check if it's still a safer alternative to smoking after a research found that it can boost the risk for pneumonia.


A recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal concluded that vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways boosting disease risk.


Although the findings did not compare vaping's effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes, the findings did suggest that electronic cigarette users are at higher risk of lung infection that those who don't.


"If you choose to take up e-cigarettes... this indicates a red flag that there may be an increased susceptibility to pneumococcal bacteria," study co-author Jonathan Grigg of the Queen Mary University of London in a report by AFP.


The researchers conducted a three type experiment wherein they exposed cells, mice and human to pneumococcal bacteria, the main cause of pneumonia. While the third trial involves comparison of nose lining of 11 e-cigarette users to six non vapers.


Researchers quickly observed a sharp increase in the amount of bacteria sticking to the airway cells after e-cigarette exposed


"Some people may be vaping because they think it is totally safe, or in an attempt to quit smoking, but this study adds to growing evidence that inhaling vapor has the potential to cause adverse health effects," said Grigg. - with a report from AFP

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