Flavoured E-cigarettes Can Be ‘deadly’ And ‘lead To Strokes And Heart Attacks’, Scientists Warn

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FLAVOURED e-cigarette liquids can be as deadly as fags, scientists warn.

They found they damage cells lining the heart and blood vessels, leading to cardiovascular disease, strokes and heart attacks.

PA:Press Association Menthol, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, strawberry, banana, burnt, butter and spicy cooling flavours slowed blood flow and increased inflammation, tests showed

Tests in the US showed additives in nine flavours — menthol, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, strawberry, banana, burnt, butter and spicy cooling — slowed blood flow and increased inflammation.

Inhaled at typical levels, all slowed the production of nitric oxide, a protective molecule.

At the same time endothelial lining cells in the blood vessels and heart ended up as “toxic” as in tobacco smokers.

The tests were carried out on human cells in petri dishes.

PA:Press Association Inhaled at typical levels, all liquid flavours slowed the production of nitric oxide, a protective molecule

All flavours caused cell death when used at high levels.

But cinnamon, clove, strawberry, banana and spicy cooling also did so at low levels — with strawberry being particularly lethal.

Boston University’s Dr Jessica Fetterman said further tests were needed to mimic the heat applied in real-life vaping.




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