Smoking e-cigarettes causes constricted airways and lung inflammation in healthy smokers, according to a research study

LOS ANGELES , January 9, 2012 () – Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), which have been touted as a safer alternative to cigarettes, may lead to compromised lung function, according to a research study, Reuters reported on Jan. 5.

The Center for Global Tobacco Control at Harvard’s School of Public Health conducted a research study in Greece, where 30 healthy smokers puffed on an e-cigarette. Breathing tests revealed that the smokers’ airways were constricted and their lungs were inflamed after a mere five minutes of smoking e-cigarettes.

Researchers did not find compromised lung function when 10 of the study participants smoked placebo devices -- e-cigarettes without cartridges.

Lead researcher Constantine I. Vardavas said that more studies are needed to determine the long-term effects of e-cigarettes.

Ray Story, the CEO of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, staunchly defended e-cigarettes.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, New York, New York, on Jan. 5, 2012.

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