Are e-cigarettes more harmful to the nose than traditional cigarettes?

Are e-cigarettes more harmful to the nose than traditional cigarettes?


Since the appearance of electronic cigarettes, the debate around the health risks of conventional cigarettes seems to be endless. A recent American study, however, points to a particular risk related to the way of smoking e-cigarettes.

The way of consuming e-cigarettes seems important

For several years, studies on the electronic cigarette accumulate. It must be said that this is a real public health issue. Indeed, in the United States, one in twenty people is a fan of vaping. However, the results of these different studies are quite mixed. In 2019, researchers claimed, for example, that a toxic molecule present in liquids could damage vital organs. Another study from 2020 nevertheless highlighted undeniable short-term benefits.

In a statement released on March 1, 2022, a team from NYU Langone Health Medical Center detailed two new studies on the subject. Although e-cigarettes are generally considered to pose less risk than conventional cigarettes, scientists say that the harmful effects on certain parts of the body depend on how they are consumed.

Results to deepen

This is not a scoop: the e-cigarette is considered to be less harmful than the others due to the absence of combustion. Nevertheless, other products would make e-cigarettes harmful in their own way. The leaders of the study therefore say that to assess the potential risks, it is not enough to look at the consequences at the level of the lungs. For the specialists, it is necessary to know the path of consumption or rather the way of consuming. For example, you should know that e-cigarette smokers tend to often spit smoke through their nose.

The study brought together 123 vapers and 122 smokers of traditional cigarettes. However, 63% of vapers spit smoke through the nose against 22% of conventional smokers. For scientists, it is possible that this exposes e-cigarette smokers to more risks in the nose and sinuses. Another study was then conducted by the same team, which concluded that there were ten times more inflammatory cells in the nostrils in vapers than in others.

Nevertheless, this research deserves to be deepened and by the very admission of scientists, the perspective on the consumption of e-cigarettes is not yet sufficient. Indeed, the gradual democratization of vaping began less than twenty years ago.