Vaping can harm the lungs and it is not as safe as not smoking at all. Vaping can boost pneumonia risk by helping pneumonia-causing bacteria. Many people in America are switching from smoking to its electronic version but they are unaware of the future risk.
A study published in the European Respiratory Journal showed that users of electronic cigarettes are at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not vape. However, the study did not directly compare the effects of vaping to smoking tobacco cigarettes.
The team of researchers examined the effects of e-cigarette vapour on a molecule which was produced by the cells. They found a sharp increase in the number of bacteria sticking to cells that line the airways, called platelet-activating factor receptor (PAFR). They also noticed that smoking, passive smoking, pollution, and welding fumes increase PAFR levels.
Study co-author Jonathan Grigg of the Queen Mary University of London said that people try to quit smoking and follow vaping but this new study gives major evidence that it can cause adverse health effects.
Last month, in a US study, researchers found that components of e-cig vapour damages cells’ DNA and the damage increases the cancer risk. That study too did not compare vaping to cigarette smoking’s effects.
Although it is possible that vaping might increase susceptibility to pneumonia, the effect is likely to be lower than from smoking itself,” said Peter Openshaw, an experimental medicine professor at Imperial College London. “This study should not be used as a reason to continue to smoke rather than vape — the evidence to date is that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking.”