In recent years, evidence has suggested that smoking e-cigarettes long-term has harmful effects on the body.
A recent study supports these findings with evidence that popular liquid flavoring for e-cigarettes becomes toxic when heated and inhaled - especially in certain flavors.
University of Rochester Medical Centre researchers removed the harmful effects of nicotine from their recent study by testing popular flavoring chemicals in nicotine-less "vape" devices.
Researchers tested the most common chemicals used in e-liquid flavoring, including cinnamaldehyde, diacetyl, ortho-vanillin, pentanedione, coumarin, acetoin and maltol.
Although the chemicals in e-cigarette flavoring are considered safe to consume, results of the study concluded that the flavoring posed significant health concerns when heated and inhaled through an e-cigarette.
Users experienced inflammatory and oxidative stress responses in their lung cells and inflammation to immune cells - specifically, a type of white blood cell, called monocytes.
The most dangerous flavors
Vanilla and cinnamon were found to be most toxic to e-cigarette users. Popular flavors such as these are often pointed to as a contributing factor for encouraging non-smokersto take up the habit and sparking nicotine addiction in minors.
The study concluded that tighter regulations could reduce the risk of inhalation toxicity. Unfortunately, until regulations are imposed, many users will continue to suffer consequences.
If you believe you've suffered serious health concerns as a result of using e-cigarettes or another dangerous product, talk to an attorney about your options. You shouldn't suffer for unknowingly purchasing a product with hazardous health effects.