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Vaping Not a Better Alternative to Cigarette Smoking

Update Date: Dec 30, 2015 09:47 AM EST

Scientists claim that vaping is no better than smoking actual cigarettes and may even be linked to cancer. According to the latest study, vapor from e-cigarettes can annihilate the human cells. The new study came at the time when the UK public health officials were about to roll out the devices to help people quit the deadly habit in 2016. As many as 2.6 million people in UK use e-cigarettes. For the purpose of the study, human cells were exposed to both nicotine-based vapor and nicotine-free vapor from e-cigarettes. Researchers said that the cells that did come in contact with the vapor were much likelier to die or get damaged than the ones that did not. The paper published in the Oral Oncology Journal concludes that as per the tests, the electronic cigarettes are not as safe as they are marketed to be. It adds, "Vaporized e-cig liquids induce increased DNA strand breaks and cell death," reported Independent.

"There haven't been many good lab studies on the effects of these products on actual human cells," said Dr Jessica Wang-Rodriquez, professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego, and one of the lead researchers on the new study. "Our study strongly suggests that electronic cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear to the public. We were able to identify that e-cigarettes on the whole have something to do with increased cell death. We hope to identify the individual components that are contributing to the effect. Based on the evidence to date I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes," Reported The Telegraph

This month, Cameron announced to the Commons that he believes e-cigarettes to be a viable option to improve public health following a report from Public Health England, that claimed vaping was 95% less harmful than smoking, said the Guardian

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