Now a warns that e-cigarettes could damage sperm
Cinnamon-flavour e-cigs especially attain sperm slower swimmers, says study
It added bubblegum flavour, another of the more popular, kills off cells in testis
Researchers at University College London analyzed 20 liquid refills in 9 flavours
Electronic cigarettes have been found to damage men’s sperm through toxic chemicals in the flavourings.
The latest analyse to raise health concerns about the fashionable devices observed cinnamon-flavoured e-cigarettes including with regard to attain sperm slower swimmers.
Bubblegum flavouring, another of the more popular, kills off cells in the testis which help to produce sperm.
It is well known that cigarettes may damage men’s fertility, through DNA damage to the sperm, while e-cigarettes are promoted as a healthy alternative to smoking.
Electronic cigarettes have been found to damage men’s sperm through toxic chemicals in the flavourings
But researchers at University College London observed, even when no nicotine is included, e-cigarette spices could affect men’s chances of starting a family.
It follows research that these spices, within the aerosol smoke puffed out by the electronic devices, which can be heated up to 300 C, contain cancer-causing chemicals including formaldehyde.
And it comes as scientists at the University of Salford, who found e-cig spices like butterscotch and menthol hazard lung damage by killing off bronchial cells, call for better safety checks.
The danger to sperm is believed to come from chemicals in the spices, which are toxic to the human body, such as coumarin, which is a cheaper version of cinammon bark and usually found in spices sold in the UK and made in China.
Lead author Dr Helen O’Neill, who presented the findings to the British Fertility Conference in Edinburgh yesterday, said the results were’ shocking ‘, adding:’ In terms of motility, progression and concentration of sperm, there was a detrimental effect.’
She added:’ E-cigarettes are promoted as the health alternative to smoking, the healthy thing to do. Vaping is less harmful than conventional cigarettes, but nonetheless they are not without their harmful effects.’
There are 7,000 different flavours of electronic cigarettes, but those tested were the two most popular- cinnamon and bubblegum and plain devices merely containing propylene glycol, a tasteless liquid used in the production of vapour.
Sperm samples were taken from 30 humen, tested with concentrations of the flavours similar to the average intake for casual and more habitual e-cigarette users.
Researchers observed sperm exposed to the highest concentration of spices moved significantly more slowly, while their swimming velocity was affected. The biggest impact came from the cinnamon flavour.
The humen, who were undergoing IVF but had healthy sperm, were not able to use the devices immediately, but the spices were inserted immediately into the sperm in the concentrations they would be exposed to. No nicotine was included.
A second experiment to see how mice exposed to second-hand spices reacted found cells in the testes were killed off by the chemicals in them.
Source: Daily Mail