E-cigarettes may lead to other hazardous products – News-Press Now

Can e-cigarettes lead young adults or even children to experimenting with other unhealthy behaviors? A few studies seem to think so.

E-cigarettes haven’t been around for long, so it’s difficult to analyze the effects that such products have on our bodies.

“What we know about them is probably not as much as we should know about them,” Dr. Jane Schwabe, who specializes in cardiac surgery with Mosaic Life Care, says. “We know that they’re very popular, so people love them. Particularly kids love them because I think they may think they make them look cool.”

According to a 2015 study posted in the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Network, high school students in Los Angeles who had used e-cigarettes were more likely to use combustible tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars and hookah) over the next year. The study had two follow-up periods across 12 months and says that further research is necessary to understand causality.

But according to Schwabe, the repercussions of using e-cigarettes are becoming clearer.

“The adverse health effects are starting to come out,” Schwabe says. “Initially, I think people and the manufacturers thought that they might be a great way to get people off of cigarettes. Inside the e-cigarette, the little tubes are made out of metal – they’re finding trace evidence of heavy metal poisoning inside of people and a disease called popcorn lung.”

Popcorn lung is the thickening and narrowing of one’s airways due to the inhalation of diacetyl. This chemical was prevalent in microwave popcorn factories, causing many lung problems among the workers, which is how it got its name.

According to the American Lung Association, this chemical is found in many e-cigarette flavors.

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