“HORRIFIC” Vaping experiments on pregnant mice that are forced to breathe in e-cig flavours have been condemned by animal rights campaigners.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded biomedical research organisation The Lundquist Institute £1.76m ($2.3m) to research whether vaping while pregnant increases the risk of children having asthma.
Research leader Dr. Virender Rehan hopes the findings could change US laws around vaping as the number of youngsters using e-cigarettes has “increased alarmingly” to millions across the world.
But the method for testing the pregnant mice, which will be regularly forced into gas tubes for up to two years, has drawn harsh criticism, especially from animal rights group PETA.
He claimed the research money was being “wasted” on ineffective animal tests that will produce findings with limited relevance to humans.
Dr Stucki claims, “In general I believe animal testing is unnecessary and especially in regards to vaping.
“There was a nicotine addiction study that had to be stopped two years ago because four monkeys died.
“There are so many humans at the moment that either continues to smoke, they switch to vaping, they are dual users, they are completely both, they are the perfect subjects to perform a study on.