Funded by British American Tobacco, a new study concludes that vaping doesn’t cause a significant damage to your genes as smoking does.
The study suggests that even if you vape at a high nicotine level, it wouldn’t compare to the changes that our genes will undergo from regular smoking.
The study basically involved a set of 3D lung models exposed to smoke and vapor, recording the changes that both tissues underwent during the whole course of the study.
Vapor from electronic cigarettes affected only 4 genes during the 48-hour experiment, while cigarettes recorded a whopping 1,078. This suggests that smoking is over 99% more dangerous than vaping.
“Our results clearly show that cigarette smoke has an adverse effect on cells, triggering a robust gene expression response,” Dr James Murphy, from British American Tobacco said.
“However, even at equivalent or higher dose of nicotine, acute exposure to the test e-cigarette vapour has very limited impact on gene expression compared to cigarette smoke exposure – it’s a striking difference.”
To give you an idea, the human genome has thousands of genes. Changes in them may cause diseases such as cancer, heart diseases, and even affect the body’s immuno response system, potentially exposing your body to a plethora of bacteria and diseases.