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Juuling’s Shocking Effects: Increases Cardiovascular Disease Risk And More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning Juul Labs for unauthorized marketing of e-cigarettes as completely safe alternatives to tobacco despite lack of evidence. The move comes amid the growing number of people suffering from serious health problems linked to vapes in the country. 

The FDA said Juul has been promoting e-cigarettes, mainly to students, as "99 percent safer than cigarettes." The company did not obtain any approval from the agency before endorsing its products to consumers as safe. 

Federal officials have been launching campaigns to address the growing number of teens and young adults using e-cigarettes in the U.S. The device has been linked to recent cases of severe lung injuries reported in several states. 

In 2018, there were more than 3.5 million minors who admitted to using e-cigarettes at least once within the year. The number continued to increase this year that it led FDA to restrict sale of the devices to anyone under 18 years old. 

Juul Labs first released its vape product in 2015, promising it could help tobacco smokers quit. Since then, the company has been offering its products to health insurance companies, employers, tribes and even schools. 

But scientists warned Juul may do more harm than help people quit smoking. A number of recent studies suggested that the e-cigarettes could negatively affect teens’ brain development, cause lung damage and increase risk of high blood pressure and smoking addiction, according to DrAxe.com.

Potential Bad Effects of Juuling

Cardiovascular Disease

Juuls also contain nicotine, which has long been linked to higher heart rate and blood pressure. In one study, researchers found that e-cigarette exposure could narrow arteries by 30 percent and stiffen the aorta, which contributes to cardiac and vascular-related diseases, such as atherosclerosis, stroke and aneurysm.

Other studies suggested vaping only once could alter blood flow in major arteries in the legs and increase markers of inflammation. 

Fertility and Pregnancy Problems

A recently issued study on mice showed that e-cigarette smoking has some negative effects on pregnancy and fertility. Researchers said the female mice exposed to vapors showed lower embryo implantation and delay in the onset of pregnancy.

“E-cigarette usage throughout pregnancy changed the long-term health and metabolism of female offspring—imparting lifelong, second-generation effects on the growing fetus,” a study author said.  

Causes Lung Damage Manufacturers commonly use various compounds to give vapes different flavors. Some of these compounds are diacetyl, acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione, which have been found damaging the respiratory system.

Intake of the chemicals could also contribute to severe respiratory illness, bronchiolitis, irritation to the eyes and lung inflammation. 

Damages DNA

Researchers previously found that e-cigarette users have modified DNA in their oral cells. Vaping could leave the compounds formaldehyde, acrolein and methylglyoxal in the saliva and eventually damage DNA, which may increase a person’s risk of cancer. 

e-cigarette The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are more than three million people currently using e-cigarettes in the U.S. Pixabay

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