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Vaping flavored Juul pods may raise the risks of lung disease and cancer by altering DNA, a new study suggests.
Researchers at Rochester University in New York broke down the individual chemicals that compose various companies' e-cigarette liquids.
Chemicals - Juul - Flavors - Inflammation - Cells
They found that chemicals in seven different Juul flavors triggered inflammation, broke down the cells that compose lung tissue in ways that could over time cause serious damage and illness.
They also found that the flavored e-liquids damage DNA - a warning sign of eventual cancer - and that Juul's best-selling menthol flavor wreaked no less havoc than did its other sweeter flavors.
Vaping - Crises - US - Lung - Illnesses
Vaping is largely being treated as two separate but related crises in the US: life-threatening lung illnesses largely caused by vitamin E acetate in THC e-cigarettes and the 'epidemic' of US teenagers addicted to vaping.
Just as THC vapes are the primary suspect in the 2,500 lung illnesses, US officials have blamed sweet-flavored e-cigarette liquids lowering the barrier to entry to vaping for teenagers.
Food - Drug - Administration - FDA - Study
A recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found that 72 percent of high school students and nearly 60 percent of middle school students who vape, but don't smoke, use flavored e-cigarettes.
Mint and menthol flavors were among the most popular among the students.
Juul - Vaping - Brand - People
And Juul, specifically, was cited as the most popular vaping brand among young people.
Even before the study's findings, the FDA had warned the company that its sweet flavors and marketing campaigns were suspected of enticing underage users to try vaping.
States - Cities - Individuals - Schools - Groups
States, cities, individuals, schools and groups have all sued Juul, blaming the company for getting teenagers hooked on its potent dose of nicotine - often specifically through its sweet flavored pods.
Very early research into and warnings bout vaping, when it was first gaining popularity, suggested that ingredients used to...
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