E-cigarette: New research claims vaping raises risk of deadly heart attacks and strokes

Using e-cigarettes, or vaping, doesn’t burn tobacco, and doesn’t produce a tar or carbon monoxide, said the NHS. Tar and carbon monoxide are the mo

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Using e-cigarettes, or vaping, doesn’t burn tobacco, and doesn’t produce a tar or carbon monoxide, said the NHS. Tar and carbon monoxide are the most dangerous components of smoking cigarettes. An e-cigarette works by hearing a liquid that contains nicotine and, possibly, a flavouring. But it’s now been revealed that vaping could still be raising your risk of some deadly conditions.

E-cigarette users are 71 per cent more likely to have a stroke than someone that’s never vaped before, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019.

They could also raise the risk of a heart attack by 59 per cent, and coronary heart disease by 40 per cent.

The American Heart Association has subsequently cautioned the public against using e-cigarettes.

“Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution,” it said.

The organisation’s president, Dr Elliott Antman, said: “Healthcare professionals, when discussing plans for quitting tobacco with patients, should first emphasise using approved and tested cessation aids.

“If those don’t work, a conversation should be started with the patient emphasising the lack of long-term safety of e-cigarettes and the inadequate regulation – which means patients don’t know always know for sure what’s in the product they purchase.”

The research, by the University of Kansas, compared almost 67,000 e-cigarette users’ health to 344,000 non-users’.

Just over three per cent of US adults have reported using e-cigarettes, while 11.3 per cent of US high school students have vaped.

The American Heart Association claimed that e-cigarettes containing nicotine should be subjected to the same laws as tobacco products.

It also called for new, stronger regulations to prevent access to younger people, while also asking for more research into e-cigarettes’ effect on health.

But, the NHS said e-cigarettes carry a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes.

“In the UK e-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality,” said the NHS.

“E-cigarettes don’t produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke. The liquid and vapour contain some potentially harmful chemicals also found in cigarette smoke but at much lower levels.”

Vaping is around 95 per cent less harmful than smoking cigarettes, according to Public Health England.

There is also some evidence that vaping may help people to quit smoking, added the NHS.

It can help smokers to manage their nicotine cravings, but you won’t get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely.

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