Researchers at New York University discovered that e-cigarette vapor causes lung cancer and perhaps even bladder cancer in mice, according to news reports. It’s the first time research has discovered concrete links between nicotine vaping products and cancer.
The study was published Monday in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Intriguingly, the outcomes could be good news for THC vapers. Nine out of 40 mice exposed to nicotine e-cig vapor developed lung cancer; however, zero out of 20 mice exposed to e-cig vapor without nicotine developed cancer.
The information comes after the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that a current outbreak in lung injuries or “vape disease” was related to vaping. The CDC officially advised people to avoid any vaping related products in September.
The latest estimates suggest that there are presently more than 1,000 cases of the mysterious illness. Investigators haven’t linked the disease to any particular product.
While distressing, the mice research is supposed to make the argument that we shouldn’t compare it to human disease cases, “however, instead argue that e-cig smoke must be more thoroughly studied before it’s deemed safe or marketed that way,” Tang mentioned in a statement.
And based on Tang, it’ll take another ten years or so before we understand the link between cancer and vaping in people; however, it’s unlikely to turn into an endorsement.