Bloomberg News reports that according to a study from University of Athens researchers, presented at the European Respiratory Society annual meeting, “electronic cigarettes cause damage to the lungs,” which “challenges earlier research suggesting the devices to quit smoking are harmless.”
In a statement, study author Christina Gratziou remarked, “We do not yet know whether unapproved nicotine delivery products, such as e-cigarettes, are safer than normal cigarettes, despite marketing claims that they are less harmful. This research helps us to understand how these products could be potentially harmful.”
The piece notes that “the study follows a separate paper presented by researchers at the Athens-based Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting that said e-cigarettes prompted no adverse effects on cardiac function.”
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.