"Those who switched to e-cigarette as an alternative to tobacco should be aware that it is equally harmful to their lung, a new research shows.
According to the study published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine the e-cigarette use causes a unique innate immune response in the Lung."
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"The study, considered to be the first to use human airway samples to explore the harmful effects of e-cigarettes found that e-cigarettes produced some of the same negative consequences as cigarettes."
“Our results suggest that e-cigarettes might be just as bad as cigarettes” says senior study author Mehmet Kesimer, associate professor of pathology at the University of North Carolina.
“Our data shows that e-cigarettes have a signature of harm in the lung that is both similar and unique, which challenges the concept that switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a healthier alternative.” he has stated.
Mehmet Kesimer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and an investigator of the Cystic Fibrosis and Pulmonary Research Center. He leads Project II for the UNC Center for Tobacco Regulatory Science and Lung Health. One of Dr. Kesimer's main interests is to understand how the mucosal barrier and its macromolecules function in airway defense in normal lungs, and how they compromise and contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic hypersecretory lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis, COPD and asthma.
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