Vaping Damages Immune Cells, Researchers Find
Vaping Damages Immune Cells, Researchers Find
A small, in vitro study concludes that e-cigarette vapor harms macrophages taken from human lung tissue.
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Vaping Damages Immune Cells, Researchers Find
Vaping Damages Immune Cells, Researchers Find

A small, in vitro study concludes that e-cigarette vapor harms macrophages taken from human lung tissue.

A small, in vitro study concludes that e-cigarette vapor harms macrophages taken from human lung tissue.

ABOVE: ISTOCK, LJUBAPHOTO

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Study: Vaping Causes DNA Damage in Human Cells and Mice
Ashley Yeager | Jan 30, 2018
New findings suggest that nicotine inhaled from e-cigarettes could contribute to cancer and heart disease, but critics warn that the data are too preliminary to draw such conclusions.
Swapping Cigarettes for Vaping
Aggie Mika | Oct 19, 2017
New evidence suggests e-cigarettes are not without risks to human health, but can be useful in getting people to kick their smoking habit.
Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found
Shawna Williams | Sep 5, 2017
Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.
Smoking on a Chip
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
A new device from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University simulates the effects of cigarette smoke on human lungs.
Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 3, 2016
Scientists produce a detailed genomic map of mutations and epigenetic changes associated with smoking tobacco across 17 tumor types. 
Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior
Jef Akst | Mar 17, 2016
Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a study.
Bacterial Enzyme an Antismoking Aid?
Jef Akst | Aug 10, 2015
A compound that degrades nicotine before it reaches the brain could serve as a successful smoking cessation therapy, according to an in vitro study.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2015
April 2015's selection of notable quotes
Focus on Sex
Molly Sharlach | Dec 28, 2014
In 2014, new research findings and guidelines brought increased attention to biological differences between males and females.
Vanishing Y Chromosomes
Molly Sharlach | Dec 4, 2014
A new study reveals an association between smoking and rates of Y chromosome loss in blood cells, which may explain elevated cancer risk among male smokers.
Sniff While You Sleep
Molly Sharlach | Nov 14, 2014
Smokers light up less after smelling cigarette smoke together with foul odors during sleep, a study shows.
AACR Releases Tobacco Report
Jef Akst | Apr 7, 2014
Researchers and regulators reflect on the progress that has been made in preventing tobacco-related disease in the 50 years since the publication of the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report. 
Brain’s Nicotine Center Found
Bob Grant | Nov 15, 2013
Researchers pinpoint the interpeduncular nucleus as the home of nicotine withdrawal, suggesting that treatments targeted to region may aid smoking cessation.
Smoking, Taxes, and Genes
Bob Grant | Dec 14, 2012
New research suggests that some smokers may carry a gene variant that makes them less likely to quit simply because cigarette taxes are raised.
Marlboro Chicks
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 5, 2012
Two species of songbirds pack their nests with scavenged cigarette butts that repel irksome parasites.
Dangers of Second-Generation Smoke
Beth Marie Mole | Nov 4, 2012
Nicotine leaves epigenetic marks on the rat genome that make offspring and grand-offspring more prone to asthma.  
Roundup from Microbiology Meeting
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012
Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.
Cigarette Smoking Leads to Coke?
Jef Akst | Nov 4, 2011
Nicotine may alter the brain’s response to cocaine, supporting the idea that the legal drug may serve as a "gateway" to the use of illegal substances.
Tobacco Company Versus Academia
Cristina Luiggi | Sep 6, 2011
The makers of Marlboro cigarettes are asking researchers at a Scottish university to disclose data on children’s thoughts on tobacco marketing.