November 08, 2023
Vaping harm research wins funding
University of Auckland researchers are looking for vaping health markers which can help to identify and prevent long term health problems, especially for young vapers.
Research lead Dr Kelly Burrowes has received both a Marsden Fund grant and a James Cook Research Fellowship to conduct the studies.
The Marsden grant will allow her to look at how vaping affects the lymphatic vessels, which regulate fluid balance and are central to the immune system.
The James Cook fellowship involves using CT scans to analyse how vaping affects the lungs.
She says rangatahi are starting vaping with no idea of its long term effects.
“Once you start vaping at a younger age, it becomes harder to give up that nicotine. And I think, you know, what I’m really worried about is what’s happening to our next generation of kids that are starting to vape,” she says.