in an attempt to science the mother loving heck out on the effects of vaping. The research team led by Kambez H. Benam who is the assistant professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, will create the world's first multicellular three dimensional living structure of a human lung containing cells that naturally line our conducting airways. This will include an active layer of live tissue which is immensely important for our immune defense as well as the development and resolution of organ injury.
This human lung will allow for a better understanding of the impact of e-cigarettes consumption of eLiquids by giving the researchers the opportunity to evaluate the impact on basically everything that happens in our individual bodies. Genes, proteins, pathways, and cell/organ function, all will be included to help identify any toxicity and any potential ill causing effects of vape products.
“Providing the next generation of a human lung model to compare the toxicity of emerging products, particularly hookah and e-cigarettes, will help identify dangerous and carcinogenic formulations” said Dr. Benam, continuing; “This study has an unprecedented potential to advance the available toolkits for the FDA to better protect and promote public health concerns around tobacco products.” The FDA will be shelling out $3.4 million for the research.
Despite the inherent bias in the researcher classifying eLiquids as tobacco products, it's still a fairly common mistake so we'll have to let it slide as a slip of technical terminology. Any and all scientific efforts put forward towards vaping are welcome, the more information the better for everyone, including producers, who like us, want to create healthier alternatives to smoking for you, the consumer.
There was recently another clinical trial which was presented at the annual conference by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), indicated that switching from smoking to using Juul, reduced smokers’ exposure to cigarette toxins at similar levels to quitting entirely. However as reported before, that study was entirely funded by Juul, so they could be just employing big tobaccos old tricks.
What do you think about this ambitious research program? Is there going to be obvious results because it is funded by the FDA or will they be more surprising?