Most people tend to believe that electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes) aren’t as dangerous as regular ones. A new study suggests that the chemical substance used to give flavor to the vapor may damage your heart in the long run.
In recent years, many experienced smokers switched to e-cigarettes in an attempt to avoid the dangerous chemicals which can be found in tobacco smoke. Cigarettes are often associated with lung cancer, but the harmful habit of smoking is also deemed to be the prime cause of heart attacks. As vaping has become popular among young people, some researchers wanted to learn about the e-cigarette vapor and possible link between the habit and heart disease.
Researchers from Stanford University conducted an elaborate laboratory experiment. Using laboratory dishes, they cultivated cells which can be found within healthy blood vessels. These cells were then exposed to six distinct e-cigarette flavorings in an attempt to see if they can cause any effects without being accompanied by nicotine.
Electronic cigarette flavorings could be harmful, damaging the heart
The cells were also submerged in samples of blood taken from people who smoked an e-cigarette before the sample was taken. In this case, the aim was to observe how the chemicals from the vapor can travel to the cardiovascular system. To further increase the accuracy of the study, the researchers decided to submerge the same type of cells in blood samples obtained from nonsmokers and people who smoke classic cigarettes.
Analysis of the cells used in the experiment inferred that vaping and some of the flavorings can produce dysfunction at the level of the blood levels, a consequence which could pave the way for cardiac disease. Among the flavorings, those which mimic cinnamon and menthol appear the be the most harmful.
While the study was conducted on a small scale, it managed to spark some interest among the scientific community. It is likely that new studies will be done in the future. The results were published in a scientific journal.
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