The electronic cigarette or “e-cigarette” is probably not as safe as people think, according to new research presented by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) in Vienna.

Although marketed as a safer option for normal cigarettes, the object is sent nukotin through steam and not smoke.

Nicotine is still derived from tobacco which in the past has been a source of debate about the safety of these objects.

Researchers from the University of Athens in Greece to investigate the matter with a study that included 24 smokers and eight people who had never smoked. Some have normal lung function and some have diseases such as asthma and lung disease chronic obstructive (COPD).

Any person using e-cigarettes, people who smoke and do not smoke noted increased airway resistance on them and only those who suffer from asthma and COPD did not record an immediate impact, according to Xinhua – which monitored ANTARA here Tuesday.

Professor Christina Gratziou, one of the authors of the study, said that despite the said e-cigarette marketing is not too dangerous, the research could help prove otherwise.

“We found a direct increase in airway resistance in the group of our participants, which shows the electronic cigarette is directly endangering after people suck,” he said.

He added that further research will be needed to ensure the long-term impact of these tools.

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