E-cigarette smoke associated with lung cancer, inflammation, as federal agencies respond to vaping deaths

October 30, 2019

E-cigarette smoke, like tobacco smoke, may, in fact, cause cancer, new studies suggest. According to one just-reported study, mice exposed to e-cigarette smoke were five times more likely to develop lung cancer, and 10 times more likely to develop precancerous lesions of the bladder. Another study found that a specific vaping component led to lung inflammation, a result of short-term e-cigarette use on the lungs. Inflammation often presages medical conditions that include bronchitis, asthma, heart disease, and cancer. Alan Blum, director of The University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society, said researchers and policymakers don’t need to wait that long to act on e-cigarettes.