Vaping is & # 39; NOT worth & # 39; The potential cardiovascular risk, researchers warn amid nearly 40 deaths and 1,900 e-cigarette related illnesses in the United States.
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Vaping can still cause heart disease despite being touted as a healthy alternative to smoking , warns a new study.
On top of nicotine, research shows that vapes contain particulate matter, metals, and flavorings – all of which contribute to cardiovascular problems.
The United States has seen nearly 40 deaths associated with the short-term use of e-cigarettes, and the immediate effects on the heart and blood vessels seen in a handful of completed studies suggest that they can do long-term cardiovascular damage.
Simply put: arming is & # 39; just not worth the risk, & # 39; said lead author of the new Ohio State University study, Nicholas Buchanan.
new review of early research on cardiovascular effects of vaping suggests that the devices are far from safe, & # 39; warns Ohio State University researchers (file)
He and his team reviewed the cardiovascular research done. The effect of e-cigarettes so far, and although they say that many more and larger studies are in dire need, evidence suggests that the devices cannot be called & # 39; safe. & # 39;
Vaping has increased from around seven million users in 2011 to 41 million last year – with an estimated increase to more than 55 million by 2021, according to the World Health Organization.
"Many people think these products are safe, but there is more and more reason to worry about their impact on heart health," said senior author Loren Wold, director of biomedical research at the Ohio State University College of Nursing.
The data suggests that fine e-cigarette particles can enter the bloodstream and affect the heart, and function similarly to air pollution.
The researchers suggest that this can lead to an increase in blood pressure, arterial stiffness, inflammation and over time heart disease.
Professor Wold said: & # 39; We know that these problems are seen in these studies that look at the short-term effects of vaping, but that research is inconsistent and the impact of chronic e-cigarette use is a direct mystery.
& # 39; The potential damage to the heart over time is largely unstudied. & # 39;
He thinks the study should give vapers pause, and highlights the need for regulation of e-cigarettes to force companies to tell their customers exactly what they are inhaling.
Study lead author Nicholas Buchanan, research assistant at Ohio State, said: & # 39; Especially for someone who had never smoked, it just isn't worth the risk, and it seems pretty crucial that you can tell that they are not harm-free.
& # 39; There is a wide variety of e-liquids and devices out there, and manufacturers don't need to tell you what's in them.
For example, recent reports on vaping-related illness have and deaths have not yet been limited to a single substance or product.
"Although the use of THC-containing products appears to be associated with these cases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that diseases do not appear to be limited to only these products.  Smoking cigarettes is the most preventive risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death, and due to the perceived safety of vaping, many smokers have switched to e-cigarettes.
Mr Buchanan added: & # 39; The most worrying is the number of children and teens picking up the habit – which may have never started smoking conventional cigarettes.
"We have no idea what the health implications are for them down the road.