E-cigarettes: the dangers and health risks of vaping – WRCB-TV

The tobacco industry has been forced to fess up about the dangers of smoking by slapping grisly warnings on cigarette packs, but it hasn’t yet been cornered into giving such disclaimers on e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Mounting research and medical expertise indicates it’s high time these items were more strictly regulated. More importantly, people need to know just how potentially harmful vaping can be. Not only are e-cigarettes assuredly not the healthy alternative to smoking that we once thought; new research shows they may hold their own set of health risks.

The study, conducted by UNC School of Medicine and published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that not only do e-cigarettes trigger the same potentially deadly immune responses that normal cigarettes do; they spur unique immune responses, too.

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IS POISED TO ATTACK

It comes down to how our bodies process foreign substances. Basically, as Dr. Pushan Jani a pulmonologist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and UTHealth who explains, when our lungs sense something not quite right is going on, our immune system rushes in to attack.

“The effect of the smoke from a cigarette irritates your airway, causing it to produce its own markers that invite your body’s immune systems cells which identify that signal as a potential threat to your body,” says Dr. Jani. “Once you have your immune system cells come to the lungs they will attack that area thinking it needs to be destroyed. Over time, that process can destroy your lung, which is when you develop lung diseases.”

The problem with e-cigarettes is that evidently, they signal the same potentially harmful response from our immune system upon inhalation. When the smoke-like or vaporous substance enters our lungs, the body only recognizes that it

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