Vapes and flavors, which are most popular among youth and used by about 85% of teens, are associated with the most DNA damage.
Vaporizers and electronic smoking devices have been shown to be just as dangerous as cigarettes, a study from the Keck School of Medicine shows. Scientists have discovered that in both vapers and smokers, the damage to the DNA of oral epithelial cells is more than double that of those who have never smoked. Furthermore, vapers suffer even more than smokers, their DNA being damaged 2.6 times compared to 2.2 times for cigarette lovers. Among the vapers themselves, the DNA of those who used the pods and were fond of flavors with additives: sweet, fruity and menthol suffered the biggest mutations.
Damage to the DNA of oral epithelial cells is the first step towards many chronic diseases and increased risk of inflammation and even cancer. A total of 72 healthy volunteers participated in the study, and to complete the picture, not only biochemical analysis methods were used, but also detailed interviews and questionnaires describing a person’s lifestyle and nutrition. This allowed DNA damage to be directly linked to smoking.
Vaping and flavorings, which are more popular among youth and used by about 85% of teens, are associated with the most DNA damage, the study authors note.
From time to time in Russia tragic news is heard about the experience of using vaporizers by adolescents. Recently, the Minister of Health, Mikhail Murashko, confirmed the official position of the department: the consumption of vaporizers and electronic cigarettes should be reduced, and the legal regulation of the sale of these products should be stricter. This is especially true for the participation of children, who are attracted by the brightness of the vaporizers and the popularity of various flavors.