E-cigarettes increase your risk of flu and make virus MORE deadly, experts warn

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E-cigarettes increase your risk of flu and make virus MORE deadly, experts warn



SMOKING e-cigarettes can increase your risk of flu – and make the virus MORE deadly, experts have warned.
New findings from the American Thoracic Society, presented in Dallas, Texas, today revealed that inhaling vapour can weaken the immune system.
Getty – Contributor Experts have warned that smoking e-cigarettes could put you at higher risk of catching the flu
They claim that the vapour from e-cigarettes can change the cells in the respiratory tract, reducing their ability to fight off viruses – in particular, the flu.
Researchers separated participants into three categories – non-smokers, cigarette smokers and e-cigarette users.
From each person, they collected fluid from the thin layer covering the respiratory tract and nasal passage, as well as nasal biopises and blood.
Participants were then injected with live influenza virus before the same samples were taken again at the end of the experiment.
What are the symptoms of flu?Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:

a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
an aching body
feeling tired or exhausted
a dry cough
a sore throat
a headache
difficulty sleeping
loss of appetite
diarrhoea or tummy pain
nausea and being sick

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.
The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.
It’s more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season (December to March).
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The results showed that responses were different in the e-cigarette and cigarette smokers, compared to the non-smokers.
They found that specific proteins essential for fighting off viruses had noticeably diminished in the e-cigarette users – and not in the tobacco smokers.
Their findings also revealed that the vaping group had lower levels of certain influenza-specific antibodies – that protect against the virus.
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They concluded that the data suggested that e-cigarette use, and smoking tobacco, changes the respiratory immune system.
The researchers said that the significant reduction in specific antibodies, specifically in e-cigarette users, meant that it could also impair the immune system from adapting to certain viruses.
It comes after a new study, published earlier this year, found that catching flu-like illnesses can significantly increase the risk of suffering a stroke by nearly 40 per cent over the following 15 days.
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