Electronic cigarettes expose the lungs to toxicity, reduce the effectiveness of the immune system and encourage bacterial activity, potentially making superbugs more deadly, according to research published in the Journal of Molecular Medicine.
Researchers at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) carried out studies on mouse to examine the effects of e-liquids from seven different manufacturers.
When mice were infected with normal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant “superbug,” they survived; but 25% of mice that were infected with MRSA after being exposed to e-cigarette’s vapor died. In other words, S. aureus becomes more virulent when exposed to e-cigarette vapor.
In India the E-cigarettes business has been growing with more and more people taking to E-cigarettes thinking it to be the best alternative without any health hazards associated unlike the tobacco cigarettes.
A report by World Health Organisation in 2014 states that the health benefits of the product are not proven and it should therefore be regulated the way tobacco products are. However there is no laws governing the e-cigarette industry in India.
Efforts should be made to regulate and govern the e-cigarette industry before it is too late. Some states like Karnataka and Kerala has banned the product. Similar efforts needs to be initiated by other states as well, so that the entire country is covered under the regulation. E-cigarettes cannot be considered as an alternative which helps quit smoking but it is as hazardous if not less, than smoking tobacco.