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One kind of cinnamon endangers your health

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Most types of cinnamon, in moderation, may help your body process sugar more effectively. But there’s one kind that can put your health at risk.

It’s the cinnamon flavoring found in e-cigarettes.

Tests at the University of Rochester show that the flavorings and vapors from e-cigarettes send toxic chemicals into the lungs, even when they carry the pleasant smell of cinnamon and other spices.

When the heating elements in these devices convert their liquid solutions into aerosols that take the place of cigarette smoke, they convey heavy metals and other potential carcinogenic substances deep into lung tissues and then into the bloodstream.

According to the Rochester study, flavored liquids in e-cigarettes, cinnamon in particular, lead to higher levels of stress and inflammation in lung tissues. In lab tests, the researcher found that when lung cells were exposed to the aerosols from e-cigarettes, they released a variety of biomarkers that showed they were intensely inflamed. Lab animals exposed to the aerosols also showed signs of harmful lung inflammation.

“Several leading medical groups, organizations, and scientists are concerned about the lack of restrictions and regulations for e-cigarettes,” warns researcher Irfan Rahman said. “Our research affirms that e-cigarettes may pose significant health risks and should be investigated further. It seems that every day a new e-cigarette product is launched without knowing the harmful health effects of these products.”

Some methods of using e-cigarettes multiply their dangers: When e-cigarette users “drip,” they drop the e-cigarette liquid right onto the device’s heating element instead of smoking it through the refillable chamber. When the users then inhale the aerosols directly, the researchers say, the liquid sends even higher doses of toxins into the lungs.

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