UC San Diego Study Finds E-Cigarettes Damage Organs

According to a UC San Diego School of Medicine report published Tuesday, e-cigarettes alter the inflammatory state of multiple organs, affecting how they respond to infections.

The daily use of pod-based e-cigarettes reduces inflammation in the brain, heart, lungs, and colon. 

They also affect how organs respond to infections like SARS-CoV-2.

The study, published in eLife on Tuesday, is the first to assess JUUL devices and flavorants across organs.

In the US, over 12 million adults use e-cigarettes, with the highest rates among those aged 18-24.

The body of someone who frequently uses menthol-flavored JUUL e-cigarettes may respond differently to COVID-19 infection.