Vaping may boost pneumonia risk: study

Updated 08 February 2018
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Vaping may boost pneumonia risk: study

PARIS: Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, likely boosting disease risk, researchers said Thursday.
A study published in the European Respiratory Journal did not directly compare vaping’s effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes.
But the findings did suggest that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not vape, the research team reported.
“If you choose to take up e-cigarettes... this indicates a red flag that there may be an increased susceptibility” to pneumococcal bacteria, study co-author Jonathan Grigg of the Queen Mary University of London told AFP.
Grigg and a team conducted three types of experiment. One exposed human nose lining cells to e-cigarette vapor in the lab, another involved mice inhaling vapor and then being exposed to pneumococcal bacteria, the main cause of pneumonia.
A third trial studied the nose lining of 11 e-cigarette users compared to six non-vapers.
The team noticed a sharp increase in the amount of bacteria sticking to airway cells after e-cigarette exposure. Such adhesion has previously been shown to increase susceptibility to disease.
“Some people may be vaping because they think it is totally safe, or in an attempt to quit smoking, but this study adds to growing evidence that inhaling vapor has the potential to cause adverse health effects,” said Grigg.
“By contrast, other aids to quitting such as (nicotine) patches or gum do not result in airway cells being exposed to high concentrations of potentially toxic compounds.”


Last month, a US study said vaping may increase cancer risk because it leads to DNA damage, despite containing fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke.
That study, too, did not compare the effects of cigarette smoking directly to vaping.
Research in the journal Tobacco Control last October said a large-scale switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes would prevent millions of premature deaths by the year 2100, even assuming the gadgets are themselves not risk-free.
E-cigarettes, said to contain no tar and fewer toxins than tobacco cigarettes, were developed as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking.
But many people fear that a harmless veneer may make e-cigarettes a “gateway” for young people to lifelong nicotine addiction.
Commenting on the latest study, Peter Openshaw, an experimental medicine professor at Imperial College London, said any evidence that vaping raised lung infection risk was “only indirect.”
“Although it is possible that vaping might increase susceptibility to pneumonia, the effect is likely to be lower than from smoking itself,” he said via the Science Media Center.
“This study should not be used as a reason to continue to smoke rather than vape — the evidence to date is that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking.”


Where We Are Going Today: Moonshell

Updated 20 October 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Moonshell

The healthy-eating community on Instagram can affect us in many ways. Barely a day goes by without coming across a post showcasing another vegan, low-calorie food that sparks a momentary desire to quit all that junk food, because of how beautiful they make it look.
The smoothie bowl trend emerged about two years ago and has been popular on Instagram since then. Basically, you make a smoothie that is so thick in consistency that you cannot drink it through a straw, so you eat it from a bowl instead.
Moon Shell in Jeddah is a restaurant that specializes in these bowls, which are good for your health — and can make your timeline look great, too. Its smoothies are served in coconut shells and topped with your choice of fruit, nuts, seeds and chocolate.
Moon Shell also offers savory foods, including rice rolls, and a range of beverages, including coffee and matcha tea. Everything on the menu is vegan friendly. Moon Shell is the perfect place for those looking to treat themselves to truly good and nutritious food, rather than just food that tastes good but might not be the best for you. All the fruity deliciousness can be found in Rawdah district, in front of Ruf store.