E-cigarette additives may impair lung function: Study
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E-cigarette additives may impair lung function: Study

Flavouring and additive ingredients in e-cigarettes may increase inflammation and impair lung function, according to a study. The research, published in the American Journal of Physiology -- Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, also found that short-term exposure to e-cigarettes was enough to cause lung inflammation similar or worse than that seen in traditional cigarette use. E-cigarettes, popular battery-powered devices that simulate the act of smoking a traditional cigarette, dispense a vapour derived from liquid chemicals in a refillable cartridge. The refills typically contain propylene glycol, nicotine and often flavourings, said researchers from the University of Athens Medical School in Greece. Propylene glycol -- a colourless, odourless food additive -- is found in numerous processed food and bev it is also used as a solvent in a number pharmaceutical. E-cigarette devices and refills are not well regulated, and the long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are not

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