No Form of Smoking is Safe, including E-Cigarettes

Winchester, MA (Dec. 15, 2015) – Cotton candy, tutti frutti, cupcake and alien blood may sound like bubble gum flavors found at the local convenience store, but in fact they’re a few of the more than 7,000 flavors e-cigarette companies market to customers.

These flavors may sound enticing, but a study published last week by the Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, found that the flavoring chemical diacetyl (which causes “popcorn lung”) was found in 39 of the 51 flavors tested, and overall, dangerous chemicals were found in 47 of the 51 flavors that were tested.

While the amount of smokers has been steadily declining in the past number of years, the number of teens that are using e-cigarettes has tripled in the last year as many see e-cigarettes as a healthy alternative.

As this study points out, there may be no safe smoking option.

“Electronic cigarettes may prove not to be any less addictive than traditional cigarettes,” said Najmuddin Patwa, MD, chief of pulmonary medicine at Winchester Hospital. “The Food & Drug Administration should regulate e-cigarettes because we don’t know the long-term effects of the chemicals that are used in these cigarettes. The current ingredients that are in solutions for e-cigarettes are known to have toxicity and may cause permanent damage to a smoker’s lungs.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.

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