Researchers Link E-Cigarettes to Cancer in Animal Studies
Jarod Cassidy2 months ago
A study from New York University has found that nicotine from e-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and potentially bladder cancer in mice.
Details of the E-Cigarette Cancer Study
CNBC reports that the NYU study, which was funded by the National Institute of Health, is the first to definitively link vaping nicotine to cancer. It follows a February study by the University of Southern California which found that e-cigarette users developed some of the same molecular changes in oral tissue that cause cancer in cigarette smokers.
Over the course of the four year study, 40 mice were exposed to the amount of e-cigarette nicotine that an e-cigarette user would be over the course of three to six years of use. 22.5% of the mice developed lung cancer and 57.5% developed precancerous lesions on the bladder. 20 other mice were exposed to e-cigarette smoke without nicotine with none developing cancer.
The study’s lead researcher, Moon-Shong Tang, said that based on the results of the study, there is a heightened need for additional research about the relationship between e-cigarette use and cancer in humans. He added that because the market is relatively young, it may be another decade before its impact on humans is thoroughly understood.
E-Cigarette Information and Facts
195 reported e-cigarette related incidents have occurred between 2009 and 2016, according to the US Fire Administration.
JUUL claims their products are meant to help people quit smoking and have been cracking down on teen use.
In a more recent incident, a man in St. Petersburg was killed when his vape pen exploded.
The e-cigarette company JUUL has become very popular with high school students.
Due to the addictive nature of these products and high nicotine content, it is more likely that you will become addicted to cigarettes.
How Are E-Cigarettes Regulated?
The regulatory situation related to e-cigarettes varies by jurisdiction and is rapidly changing. On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule that brought e-cigarettes under the FDA’s tobacco product authority. With this, the FDA now regulates the manufacture, import, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of e-cigarettes.
The FDA has extended the compliance deadline until August 10, 2017.
The WHO has proposed that member states adopt stringent controls on e-cigarettes. The proposal is limited to the potential health effects of e-cigarettes, and does not include language addressing the electronic devices themselves.
American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation reports that 12 states and 615 local jurisdictions have laws restricting e-cigarette use in smoke-free venues; 15 states and 503 local jurisdictions have laws that restrict e-cigarette use in other venues.
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