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Vaping as bad for your heart as smoking: Study

Vaping electronic cigarettes causes stiffness of aorta, the main artery into the heart, multiplying the risk of death.

By: PTI | London | Published: August 30, 2016 3:19 pm
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Vaping may be as bad for your heart as smoking, according to a new study which suggests that electronic cigarettes are “far more dangerous” than previously thought.

The study involved 24 adult smokers, whose hearts were monitored while they vaped, and when they smoked ordinary cigarettes.

The findings showed that a typical vaping session had a similar impact on stiffness of the aorta – the main artery into the heart – as smoking one regular cigarette.

“We measured aortic stiffness. If the aorta is stiff you multiply your risk of dying, either from heart diseases or from other causes,” said Charalambos Vlachopoulos from University of Athens in Greece.

Researchers found that the effects of a 30 minute vaping session were similar to those from smoking a cigarette for five minutes, ‘The Telegraph’ reported.

According to them, electronic cigarettes may be “far more dangerous” than was thought.

“The aorta is like a balloon next to the heart. The more stiff the balloon is, the more difficult for the heart to pump,” said Vlachopoulos.

“It is the most powerful biomarker we have for estimating cardiovascular risk,” he added.

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  1. Paul Barnes
    Aug 30, 2016 at 10:02 am
    "The findings showed that a typical vaping session had a similar impact on stiffness of the aorta – the main artery into the heart – as smoking one regular cigarette."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What this article fails to mention is that the 'typical session' is deemed as 30 minutes. That's what they compared 5 minutes of smoking to. Comparing 5 minutes to smoking to 5 minutes of vaping shows no significant impact.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Nicotine delivery is the common characteristic of e-cigarette use and cigarettes – and both smokers and vapers are trying to obtain an equivalent hit, and therefore we might expect nicotine exposure to be roughly similar. It follows that any effects on the body arising from nicotine exposure are likely to be similar. So if we are looking for a common explanation for the similar findings for smoking and vaping being similar, nicotine exposure is the obvious place to start, given nothing else is remotely similar, and we know stimulants like caffeine have an effect.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thing is, these researchers overlook that aortic stiffness has nothing to do with heart disease, nor does smoking cause it directly, yet the public health lobbyists conveniently ignore this salient fact. But there’s more, all nicotine replacement therapies increase aortic stiffness to varying degrees, along with the total failure to note that this reaction actually has a physiological purpose – to increase the rate of oxygenation at the end organs.
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