Study finds e-cigarettes affect airways.

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Study finds e-cigarettes affect airways.

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK | Thu Jan 5, 2012 3:21pm EST

Stop Smoking Hypnosis Denver – E-cigarettes Changes Lung Function 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The electronic cigarettes marketed as a saferStop Smoking Hypnosis Denver alternative to the real thing produce immediate changes in users’ airways.

Researchers in Greece saw changes in the lung function of healthy smokers who puffed on an e-cigarette for just five minutes — although it’s not clear what the long-term result of those responses might be in regular e-cigarette users, the team reports in the journal Chest.

Stop Smoking Hypnosis Denver – One E-cigarettes Can Cause Airway Constrictions

“E-cigarettes” are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale a vaporized liquid nicotine solution instead of tobacco smoke. They were designed as a way for smokersHypnosis Denver Stop Smoking to get their nicotine fix without exposing themselves, or other people, to the toxins in tobacco smoke.

But some scientists, including officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), warn that too many questions remain about the safety of these products.

“This is the first evidence that just one (e-cigarette) use can have acute physiologic effects,” said lead researcher Constantine I. Vardavas, of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health.

For the new study, Vardavas and colleagues in Athens had 30 healthy smokers puff on an e-cigarette to see how it affected their airways.

The researchers found that after five minutes, users showed signs of airway constriction — as measured by several types of breathing tests — and of inflammation.

It is not known whether that short-term response could translate into health effects in the long run, including lung diseases like emphysema.

“More studies on the long-term effects are needed,” Vardavas told Reuters Health.

But, he noted, if e-cigarettes trigger airway effects after just a few minutes, that raises concerns about repeated use of the products over time.

“There are claims that e-cigarettes have no health effects,” Vardavas said. “But that’s not correct.”

An industry spokesperson defended the products.

“This is a product that eliminates second-hand and third-hand smoke,” said Ray Story, CEO of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association.

Stop Smoking Hypnosis Denver – E-cigarettes and Third Hand Smoke

Third-hand smoke refers to the toxic particles that remain on smokers’ clothes,Stop Smoking Hypnosis Denver furniture and other surfaces long after second-hand smoke has cleared.

“We already know e-cigarettes are much safer than the conventional cigarette,” Story said, “because you’re not burning it, and you don’t have the five or six thousand ingredients in cigarettes, which are mostly dangerous chemicals.”

Story said that e-cigarettes contain only five main ingredients: nicotine, water, propylene glycol, glycerol and flavoring.

“These ingredients are all FDA-approved,” Story said.

But the FDA says on its website that “e-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans, and may contain other ingredients that may not be safe.”

Indeed, the FDA and the e-cigarette industry have had a rocky relationship.

Stop Smoking Hypnosis Denver – FDA Warnings

In 2010, the agency sent warnings to five makers of e-cigarettes for marketing them illegally as stop-smoking aids. The FDA also tried to regulate e-cigarettes as drugs — and thereby block their importation into the U.S. — but a U.S. court ruled that the FDAHypnosis Denver Stop Smoking could only regulate the devices as tobacco products.

Vardavas said it’s not clear why e-cigarettes increased airway constriction in this study. But when they had 10 of the study participants use “control” devices — e-cigarettes that had the cartridges removed — they did not see the same airway effects.

So one or more ingredients in the e-cigarette maybe responsible, but it’s not known which they are, Vardavas said.

The study was partly funded by the Hellenic Cancer Society in Greece. The researchers report no financial conflicts of interest.

It’s possible, according to Vardavas, that if people used e-cigarettes as a temporary “bridge” to quitting smoking, any short-term effects of the products would be outweighed by the long-term health benefits.

But no one knows if e-cigarettes actually do help smokers kick the habit.

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