Many people vape, which is to say use e-cigarettes, in the hopes that they can avoid the health risks of smoking cigarettes while enjoying the effects of nicotine. The practice has become particularly popular among younger adults who are keen to pursue a healthy lifestyle without giving up certain vices such as using nicotine.
According to the Washington Post, a study was recently conducted to ascertain whether long-term vapers had a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. The study involved 42 adults of whom 23 had engaged in vaping for at least a year, and 19 had never used e-cigarettes. None had previous health problems, were taking medications, or smoking regular cigarettes.
As the study progressed, the participants were given electrocardiograms and blood tests. The result was that the group of people who engaged in vaping had higher oxidative stress levels and levels of adrenaline in the heart. These and other results suggest that the group that used e-cigarettes were at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
The population of the study was relatively small and did not have groups of casual e-cigarette users or users of regular cigarettes. However, the study did suggest that vaping caused certain effects to the human body other than the nicotine high. The results mean that using e-cigarettes is not necessarily less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes, at least where cardiovascular disease is concerned. The study was published in JAMA Cardiology.
Nevertheless, further research is needed into the cardiovascular and other health effects of vaping.
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