Early Study finds High Heat on Vapes As Damaging As Nicotine And Additives

As reported in Newswise, a new experimental study on vaping, a popular electronic device used to consume nicotine or cannabis, has found that the e-cigarette products with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements may be responsible for significant vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). They found that this type of e-cigarette causes harmful effects even without nicotine, vitamin E oil, or THC, which had earlier been considered as the factor responsible. The researchers observed the effects on the cardiovascular system between participants using vaping devices with the earlier heating device made of stainless steel and then switching to the new nickel-chromium alloy (NC). They found significantly worse results with the NC. They also note that the damage may be related to the higher power on the newer devices, and caution users to not use the highest heat.

 They wrote,
“While further research is needed, these results indicate that specific devices and power settings may play a key role in the development of EVALI as much as the additives do,” said Kloner. “The harms associated with E-cigarettes and vaping simply cannot be overstated.”

Vaping Product Use–Associated Lung Injury

Vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) is a condition known for stress on the respiratory system due to vaping, causing shortness of breath, coughs, chest pain, and fever. The disorder notably may appear like pneumonia or the coronavirus. Due to the novelty of vaping, EVALI was only recognized as a disease in June of 2019. By March of 2020 though, there were 2,800 cases reported with 68 deaths among them. The condition mainly affected young males and those who vape with other lung injury.
From Steel to Nickel, A Damaging Switch
In September of 2019, vaping manufacturers created a new vaping device that used nickel-chromium alloy en lieu of the traditional stainless steel. In an effort to unpack the impact, researchers at the the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine and the Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI), measured the effect on the lungs, uncovering alarming results.
Dr. Robert A. Koner, a chief science officer for HMRI, urged their findings need attention already due to the severity. He said,
“The results were so impactful, we felt it imperative to release the initial findings early so that electronic cigarette users could be cautioned sooner, especially considering E-cigarette users are at increased risk of COVID-19.”
Cautious of what exactly? The researchers explain in the study,
“Electronic cigarette users should be cautioned about the potential danger of operating electronic cigarette units at high settings; the possibility that certain heating elements may be deleterious; and that E‐cigarette or vaping product use–associated lung injury may not be dependent upon tetrahydrocannabinol, vitamin E, or nicotine.”

The Study’s Rapid Results

In just the first hour of the experiment after switching to the nickel-chromium alloy device, the researchers observed participants experiencing severe respiratory distress including panting and wheezing. Dr. Michael Kleinman of the study said,
“After analyzing lung tissue from subjects in the study, we found them to be severely compromised and observed other serious changes such as lung lesions, red blood cell congestion, obliteration of alveolar spaces, and pneumonitis in some cases.”
The team is hoping to show the effects that vaping and e-cigarettes have on the heart, and so far, their findings showed the new type of vape causes severe stress. Of importance is the type of vape device and the power setting, which they caution vape users to pay attention to.
Check out the original study here.

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