from journal Epigenetics
E-cigarette use has soared among young people, with an estimated twenty-five percent of high school students now vaping. With that statement, researchers at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine report finding important biological changes in the DNA of e-cigarette users—similar to DNA changes seen in tobacco smokers. They say these chemical changes can cause genes to malfunction—the same changes that are found in nearly all types of human cancer. Authors of the study in the journal Epigenetics say given the epidemic of teen vaping and the recent outbreak of severe lung injury and deaths in vapers, this study should provide invaluable information.