E-Cigarettes Are Not As Safe As You Think, Users Face Higher Risk Of Heart Attack, Says Study

E-Cigarettes Are Not As Safe As You Think, Users Face Higher Risk Of Heart Attack, Says Study

Scientists suggest that there is a growing concern regarding the long term health of e-cigarette smokers. The University of Kansas conducts a study to back the concern.

E-cigarettes or vapes as they're commonly called were introduced for people who wanted to quit smoking cigarettes. It has now become a trend. There is a large population of people using vapes on a daily basis. Recently, researchers have started to warn people on the use of e-cigarettes suggesting that they tend to increase the risk of people suffering from heart attacks in the future. They do not show any sign of harming an individual's health currently. However, concerns are growing around the world about the long-term health impacts vaping will have on humans. The device has seen a speedy growth in its popularity in recent years. Despite the concerns regarding vaping, these devices are still at the heart of the public health policy in various countries (like the UK) as officials suggest that there are a lot more benefits of using the device. The study supporting the concern of scientists across the world is to be presented at the American College of Cardiology conference in New Orleans later this month.

The study is said to be the largest ever that has been conducted on the negative impact of vaping on the health of humans. It suggests that vaping makes people prone to not only heart attacks but also coronary artery diseases and depression. The data collected was examined by the researchers at the University of Kansas. More than 90,000 e-cigarette users were studied as a part of the study. Researchers have found that people who used the device on a daily basis were 34 percent more likely to suffer from heart attacks. Those who used the device less often showed that they had a 29 percent higher chance as compared to non-e-cigarette users. 


As reported by the Daily Mail, Dr. Mohinder Vindhyal, the leader of the study, said that very little has been known about cardiovascular events and their relation to the usage of e-cigarettes up until now. "These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes," he said. Dr. Vindhyal further mentioned that the study was not absolutely perfect because most of the e-cigarette users who were a part of the study were ex-smokers. Their heart issues could be influenced by their use of tobacco in the past.

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However, Dr. Vindhyal mentioned that he and his team tried as hard as they could to take the smoking into account. He later added, "I wouldn't want any of my patients or my family members to vape." He mentioned that roughly, only a third of the 90,000 of the people studied were ex-cigarette users. The initial analysis of the team found that e-cigarette users had a 56 percent increased risk of heart attack as compared to those who did not vape. However, the team then took into account the fact that there were people who used to be smokers at one point and this affected their research.

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Dr. Vindhyal explained that the people who smoked tobacco as well on a regular in the past had a 165 percent increased risk of getting a heart attack. They calculated the increased risk of vaping alone dropped to about 34 percent. The study also shows that people who use this device are also 55 percent more prone to suffering from depression or anxiety. However, Dr. Vindhyal admitted that no matter how hard they tried, he and his team were unable to completely eradicate the impact of previous tobacco usage.


Regardless of prior tobacco usage influencing the study, researchers claim that the findings are very concerning and far more research is required into the subject matter. "We found that regardless of how frequently someone uses e-cigarettes, daily or just on some days, they are still more likely to have a heart attack or coronary artery disease," he said. E-cigarettes contain a liquid form of nicotine which is heated into a vapor that is to be inhaled by the users. This way, they are partially shielded from the harm that is caused by the nicotine that is present in cigarettes.


E-cigarettes form the core of Public Health England's stop-smoking strategy. There are several TV advertisements, health campaigns, and researchers that are backing the use of the device. They are trying to promote the device in order to make smokers switch to using e-cigarettes. The experts, especially the cardiologists, are very concerned about the unresolved safety concerns and are worried about the growing usage of the device among the youth. The study also suggests that the UK has one of the largest numbers of consumers of the device and researchers say that the UK is "way out of step" in its approach towards it.

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The World Health Organisation is concerned about cancer-causing chemicals in the devices and the EU believes e-cigarettes may act as a 'gateway' to tobacco. Last month the then-head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb expressed his concern on how there is an increase in usage of the device among teenagers. Martin Dockrell, in charge of tobacco policy at Public Health England, said, "This confirms what PHE has been saying for several years: vaping isn't risk-free but it is far less harmful than smoking. It's a no brainer – switching to vaping will always be far less harmful than smoking. If you don't smoke, don't start and don't vape. If you do smoke, quit now and consider using an e-cigarette to help you."


Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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