To Vape or Not to Vape ?
| IOP Desk - 07 Jun 2019

Indian Observer Post

New Delhi, June 7, 2019: A recent article in the Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine stated that a session of vaping can deliver more nicotine than previously thought.

It found out that vaping can impact the airways of our lungs more than smoking a cigarette resulted in a decreased ability to move phlegm across the surface.

Nowadays, people are resorting to the use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking. But a new study highlights that it hampers the cleaning of mucus from the airways. So technically, e-cigarette vaping does more harm than good.

Matthias Salathe a contributor of University of Kansas Medical Center said, "This study grew out of our team's research on the influence of tobacco smoke on mucus clearance from the airways,"

Salathe added, "The question was whether vape containing nicotine had negative effects on the ability to clear secretions from the airways similar to tobacco smoke. "

Surprisingly, the study found that vaping with nicotine impairs ciliary beat frequency, dehydrates airway fluid and makes mucus more viscous. The changes that occur make it more difficult for the bronchi, to defend themselves from infection and injury.

A recent report also found that young e-cigarette users who never smoked were at increased risk to develop a condition characterized by chronic production of mucus that is also seen in tobacco smokers.

Furthermore, nicotine produced these negative effects by stimulating the ion channel transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1).

"Vaping with nicotine is not harmless as commonly assumed by those who start vaping, At the very least, it increases the risk of chronic bronchitis." Dr. Salathe said.

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