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Killing time or killing sperm?

E-cigarettes and vapes are heavily marketed to young adults or smokers addicted to nicotine. 

Since a standard cigarette involves burning tobacco, an e-cigarette is seen as safer because it does not involve combustion or inhalation of tar or carbon monoxide. Because of this misconception, research on damages caused by e-cigs and vapes is only recently becoming a concern. 

Effects of these cigarettes have been proven so terrible as to slow or even kill sperm. The Sun, a news company in the UK, reported on the findings of research done at the University College London. Presented to the British Fertility Conference in Edinburgh on Jan. 5, 2017, Dr. Helen O’Neill found that cinnamon e-cig liquid slowed sperm down “detrimentally.” Not only this, but bubblegum flavor was found to cause apoptosis, which is the killing off of cells in the testicles. 

Those who vape are not the only ones who need to worry. Surgeon General, a website created by a partnership between the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health, reported that aerosol from e-cigarettes contains “nicotine, flavoring such as diacetyl (a chemical linked to serious lung disease), volatile organic compounds, and heavy metals.”

The regulation of the industry fell far behind the popularity, but was finally met by an official rule issued by the FDA that went into effect May 10, 2016. Unfortunately, this won’t stop smoking, but hopefully it will encourage users to think before they vape.

                                                                               Lidia Roque / The Lasso

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