Three Studies Cast Doubt on Safety of E-Cigarettes

A range of general interest and specialty media report on three research studies that concluded e-cigarettes could be harmful. One study is from New York University, another is from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and was published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and the third is from Brown University and was delivered at the American Society for Cell Biology’s annual meeting in New Orleans after being published last year in the journal Vascular Pharmacology.

The Daily Mail (UK) reported that the New York University research concluded that “people who smoke electronic cigarettes could still be inhaling a host of dangerous chemicals,” primarily because of how deeply they inhale and how often they puff.

The New York Post reported the researchers suspect e-cigarette smokers could “be getting higher concentrations of toxins than regular smokers” because of how they use the devices.

The Time “Healthland” blog reported on that study and on the Roswell Park Cancer Institute study that found “e-cigarettes generate enough nicotine emissions that they can be inhaled by those near a smoker” in an indoor environment. Still, “the nicotine exposure was 10 times less than that from tobacco smoke.”

The News-Medical (AUS) website reported that the Roswell Park study found that “the level of secondhand exposure to nicotine depended on the e-cigarette brand.” The news report does not specify which brands were studied, but it included a link to a studyabstract. The Medical Daily reported the researchers said more work was needed to understand e-cigarettes’ effect on health.

Finally, the Brown University research affects perceptions about e-cigarettes because it found that “prolonged exposure to nicotine, even delivered by methods other than cigarettes, may increase the risk of developing a potentially fatal heart condition,” reported the website Healthline. Researcher Chi-Ming Hai said he found that “the process” of “nicotine administration, even without cigarette smoke,” can lead to “atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, a common cause of heart attacks.” He said the length of time that nicotine was consumed was the key. Carl Phillips, scientific director for the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, called the research “nonsense.” Asian News International also covered the story.

From the American Association for Justice news release.

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