Study: Steam heat can paralyze immune cells and stop them from working
A new study has shown that electronic cigarettes, with or without nicotine, can have a paralyzing effect on the body's immune cells.
E-cigarettes have become more popular in recent years, especially among young people, but there has been an increase in studies on the long-term health consequences associated with them.
Now, this new study says that inhaling the vapor from these colorful cigarettes can stop front-line immune cells called neutrophils from functioning normally.
Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell and represent 50 to 80 percent of all white blood cells in the human body.
"E-cigarettes are a proven and less harmful means of helping smokers quit, but our data add to current evidence that e-cigarettes are not harmless and highlight the need to fund long-term studies on vapes," said the author. lead Aaron Scott, an associate professor of respiratory science at the University of Birmingham, in a statement.
"We found from the study that after a short, low-level exposure to e-cigarette vapor, the cells remain alive but can no longer move effectively and are unable to carry out their normal protective functions." Scott said.
The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.