This E-Cig is worse than a Regular Cigarette- Research explains how


E-cigarettes are the new products that are alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes that are much more safer. Health experts believe that the “heat-not-burn” type of E-cigarettes is going to be the next hit for their innovative features.

But least known about them is that there is no scientific data on effectiveness and safety of these products. This new study, published this week in the journal ERJ Open Research highlights that they are no less bad than a regular cigarette.

What does the study say?

The research findings are published and are available online to view. The experiment in particular talks about the in vitro effects of vapor produced by IQOS devices. Here IQOS represents the brand name of a “heat-not-burn” product which is developed by Philip Morris International.

The prime area of study in this experiment was a human lung. The research team exposed bronchial epithelial cells and primary human airway smooth muscle cells to heat not burn device vapor and analyzed the effects of IQOS , e cigarette and regular cigarette smoke.

All products were damaging to lungs but IQOS device’s vapor showed a higher toxicity as compared to the traditional smoking. The study ends on focusing IQOS devices, like cigarettes and e-cigarettes as a threat to health damages i.e. inflammation, oxidative stress, and other lungs and airways problems.

After a long time, all these symptoms may also lead to chronic health problems. these problems are usually typical in smokers and include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

The researchers are sure that this study is a milestone in understanding the safety of these “heat-not-burn” tobacco products.

What is new about this product?

Heat-not-burn tobacco products are an altered version of electronic smoking except that they have no nicotine-infused liquid commonly called e-juice.
Instead, they use real tobacco in it. such products are often marketed to have a distinct “throat-hit,” part that is not a feature of other vaporizers or e-cigarette models.

All these “Heat-not-burn” products are not available in the USA but their test markers are selling high in Europe and Asia.

Are these products better than tobacco?

There is a huge debate on these products that is never ending till the date. Many people believe that e-cigarettes and vaporizers actually help smokers quit. But not everyone is convinced on it. in reality, it seems like they go both way.

The reports from the CDC tell that approximately 1.5 million youngsters have increased using tobacco between the years 2017 and 2018. And this popularity also features e-cigarettes.

Many people argue that the role of e-cigarettes in tobacco initiation is obvious but tobacco cessation is not well known. It may be a trap to get more people to tobacco smoking too.

The answers on the role of these so-called safe products in health are not known. This is one of the latest researches in the same field that is based on Philip Morris International’s products. For more obvious results, more studies may help.

The final word

The new tobacco product “heat-not-burn” is the new favorite altering electronic smoking. However, unlike e-cigarettes and vaporizers, there is no nicotine-infused liquid in it. They use real tobacco inside the machinery. The research says that these products may lead to potential health damages to the lungs which may go worse in the long time and may turn into lungs cancer.



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Areeba Hussain
The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.


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