To vape or not to vape? Probably: Not to vape – EurekAlert (press release)

CHAPEL HILL – E-cigarettes appear to trigger unique immune responses as well as the same ones triggered by regular cigarettes, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Immune responses are the biological reactions of cells and fluids to an outside substance the body doesn’t recognize as its own. Such immune responses play roles in disease, including lung disease spurred on by cigarette use.

Mehmet Kesimer, PhD, senior author and associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, and coauthors report findings from what is believed to be the first study of the harmful effects of e-cigarettes using sputum samples from human lungs.

“There is confusion about whether e-cigarettes are ‘safer’ than cigarettes because the potential adverse effects of e-cigarettes are only beginning to be studied,” said Kesimer, who is also a member of the UNC Marsico Lung Institute.

“This study looked at possible biomarkers of harm in the lungs. And our results suggest that in some ways using e-cigarettes could be just

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