Study: E-cigs increase ‘superbug’ MRSA resistance

Electronic cigarette vapor makes the antibiotic-resistant “superbug” MRSA harder to kill and reduces the immune system’s ability to fight infection, according to a study by UC San Diego and VA researchers.

If confirmed in people, the laboratory findings indicates a major potential health hazard of e-cigarettes, widely considered safer than smoking tobacco. These devices vaporize various flavored juices. These juices usually contain nicotine, the addictive chemical in tobacco.

Results were released Sunday at the American Thoracic Society’s international conference in San Diego. Dr. Laura E. Crotty Alexander, a UCSD assistant clinical professor of medicine and staff physician at VA San Diego Healthcare System, led the study.

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