E-Cigarette Vapor May Help Bacteria Become More Resistant
the MPR take:
In addition to cigarette smoke, the vapors from electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) can also trigger antibiotic resistance in methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. Presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, research by Laura Crotty Alexander, MD, from the University of California at San Diego and colleagues found that e-cigarette vapor caused the MRSA bacteria to produce large amounts of biofilm that protects them against antibiotics. Dr. Alexander’s next research will evaluate human immune cells to see if these vapors have a similar effect.
There's quite a bit that we still don't know about e-cigarettes when it comes to how safe they are — if they cause lung cancer like traditional cigarettes do, whether they are as addictive as cigarettes, and more. But for bacteria, e-cigs may not be so bad. Laura Crotty Alexander, from the ...
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