Electronic cigarettes have been tagged as the answer to the harmful effects of traditional tobacco products, but a recent study discovered that the newfangled products may not be as safe as many people think.
A research from Johns Hopkins University conducted on mice discovered that being exposed to e-cigarette vapor may lead to a higher likelihood of getting infected by viruses and bacteria. The study involved two groups of lab mice, one exposed to vapor from electronic cigarettes for two weeks, and the other taken away from exposure. The mice exposed to the vapors were found to have decreased immunity and weaker lungs, according to a news release.
In addition, the researchers also found free radicals in the vapor. These compounds are considered harmful to human health, and may cause cancer.
The study team recommends further studies on the matter. They said the simulation on mice may not have the exact same factors as human use of electronic cigarettes, because the rodents cannot smoke the electronic products the same way human beings do.