It would appear that the problems caused by the use of e-cigarettes on the lungs, some type of”scandal” that essentially started in 2019, had already been known for at least seven years. Here is the result of research carried out by a group of researchers from the University of California in Riverside who, using computer research tools on the Internet, managed to find different discussions on a web forum in which the very same users reported the negative consequences on their health.
The researchers examined a sizable online discussion forum focused on e-cigarettes and mechanically created their very own web crawler written in Java to analyze the text and navigate more than 41,000 posts.
According to My Hua, a pupil in Talbot’s laboratory and the first author of this study, this information underlines that the use of e-cigarettes actually brings health problems and this”epidemic,” that is currently very often discussed,”will continue to grow.”
This study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, so shows these health problems, i.e. those associated with e-cigarettes, already existed before 2019, when the press scandal broke out. Lately, some results have been obtained thanks to research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which connected vitamin E acetate, within some liquids for e-cigarettes, especially those based on marijuana substances, to those lung problems.
“Our statistics, which show many of the symptoms which characterize present patients have been reported online for seven years, suggests that cases similar to the current VAPI outbreak happen previously and have not been reported or simply weren’t associated with ethanol,” says Prue Talbot, professor of cell biology and lead author of the study.