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E-Cigarette Heating Source Potentially Causes Vaping-Related Lung Damage

Study Says Heating Element Material May Impact Health Adversely

EVALI, the vaping-related lung illness has affected more and more consumers. Vitamin E and THC have been touted as the primary sources for the illness, but a new study found that the vaping devices themselves also could also be to blame.

Researchers from the University of California at Irvine found in the earliest stages of their study that the heating source on vaping devices has been linked with an increased risk of lung damage.

According to researcher Dr. Robert A. Kloner, “while further research is needed, these results indicate specific devices and power settings may play a key role in the development of EVALI as much as the additives do. The harms associated with e-cigarettes and vaping simply cannot be overstated.”

A Surprise Turn on Studying Vaping Devices

The study initially started as a study on the effect of vaping on consumers’ heart health. The key differences in the initial findings were observed when participants were forced to use a different model after the initial e-cigarettes used in the study was discontinued.

The two devices that were used in the study were essentially the same, differing only in the heating element that was used in the devices. The first device used stainless steel as the heating source, while the second used nickel-chromium alloy. Though seemingly insignificant, the change in devices saw drastic changes to the participants’ health in a short amount of time.

Researcher Michael Kleinman, Ph.D. explained that “within an hour of beginning an experiment, we observed evidence of severe respiratory distress, including labored breathing, wheezing, and panting. After analyzing lung tissue from subjects in the study, we found them to be severely compromised and observed other serious changes such as lung lesions, red blood cell congestion, obliteration of alveolar spaces, and pneumonitis in some cases.”

Several studies have pointed to additives in e-cigarettes as the primary source of lung damage, however, researchers have clarified that the devices they used contained no nicotine, vitamin E, or THC. The participants have already been involved in the study for more than a year when the change in vaping devices occurred, and none showed signs of lung illness or other similar health concerns up until the change happened.

Further research is being done on the heating elements of vaping devices and its link to consumers’ health risk, but researchers cautioned consumers to take the findings seriously.

Dr. Kloner asserted that “the results were so impactful, we felt it imperative to release the initial findings early so that electronic cigarette users could be cautioned sooner, especially considering e-cigarette users are at an increased risk of COVID-19.”

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