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An increasing number of tobacco-based cigarette smokers are quitting the habit in favor of vaping. Unfortunately, vaping doesn’t help them kick the habit, altogether. In fact, one study showed that 90 percent of those who gave up smoking for vaping weren’t able to become nonsmokers even after a full year had passed.
That vaping habit could be just as problematic. A new study has found that e-cigarettes still cause lung damage, harming the epithelial cells, which serve the purpose of protecting the lungs against foreign particles.
A team of researchers from the University of Tasmania and The University of Sydney, Australia, joined with the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research in India to review the impact of e-cigarettes on both epithelial cells and smooth muscle cells in the lungs. The results showed that e-cigarette vapor and cigarette smoke were toxic to lung cells. Specifically, Phillip Morris’s IQOS devices were found to have the same effects as smoke from traditional cigarettes.
The damage seen in the study can lead to potentially fatal diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia, as well as lung cancer. Damage to lung cells can also put a smoker at greater risk for developing asthma.