Study shows menthol flavour especially harmful to vape users – CTV

April 12, 2023

Several of the chemicals used in flavoured e-cigarettes have been suspected for years of causing serious and irreversible lung damage in people who vape, and new research suggests one “vape juice” flavour is especially harmful.

Adding mint flavour to e-cigarette liquids produces more vapour particles and is associated with worse lung function in those who smoke, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh reported in a study published in the medical journal Respiratory Research on April 10.

“Many people, especially youth, erroneously assume that vaping is safe, but even nicotine-free vaping mixtures contain many compounds that can potentially damage the lungs,” said Kambez H. Benam, senior author and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, in a media release. “Just because something is safe to consume as food does not mean that it’s safe to inhale.”

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