E-cigarette could be as dangerous as normal cigarettes and users could be prone to unique health problems – a new study has revealed.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that vapers showed high levels of protein which are linked to potentially serious lung conditions – including COPD and Cystic Fybrosis – along with lupus and psoriasis.
An increase in mucin 5AC – a mucus secretion associated with chronic bronchitis and asthma – was also found in both e-cigarette and cigarette users.
Dr Mehmet Kesimer – who lead the study said: ‘There is confusion about whether e-cigarettes are ‘safer’ than cigarettes because the potential adverse effects of e-cigarettes are only beginning to be studied.
‘Our results suggest that e-cigarettes might be just as bad as cigarettes’.