Last week, The American Heart Association (AHA) issued a statement stating that they believe vaping to be just as bad for you as smoking. However, this week, we’ve seen a group of top cardiologists debunk these claims. The peer-reviewed study titled Cardiovascular effects of switching from tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The study involved 114 participants and found that those who switch to electronic cigarettes had vast improvements in ‘vascular stiffness’. They experienced improved health of the cardiovascular blood vessels within 30 days of making the switch. Findings suggest that ex-smoking women usually experience greater levels of vascular improvement as ‘female smokers face more health risks than male smokers do.’
The study also found that to achieve the maximum health benefit of switching to vaping, the smoker must give up traditional cigarettes as quickly as possible.
“Within 1 month of switching from TC [Tobacco Cigarettes] to EC [Electronic Cigarettes] , there was a significant improvement in endothelial function (linear trend β = 0.73%; 95% confidence interval [CI] : 0.41 to 1.05; p < 0.0001; TC vs. EC combined: 1.49%; 95% CI: 0.93 to 2.04; p < 0.0001) and vascular stiffness (−0.529 m/s; 95% CI: −0.946 to −0.112; p = 0.014). Females benefited from switching more than males did in every between-group comparison. Those who complied best with EC switch demonstrated the largest improvement. There was no difference in vascular effects between EC with and without nicotine within the study time frame.”
Whether the vaper is using zero nicotine or nicotine-based products has no effect on the further improvement of heart health levels. This shows that the nicotine in tobacco products is not an important health issue. However, nicotine addiction is seen as a threat to public health to many.
Read our rebuttal to the scaremongering on e-cigarettes here.