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Study Finds E-Cigarettes Could Be Just as Harmful for Your Heart as Regular Cigarettes

Study Finds E-Cigarettes Could Be Just as Harmful for Your Heart as Regular Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes may be just as bad for your heart as traditional cigarettes, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association. CBS News reports that researchers found that vaping and smoking cigarettes caused similar damage to the cardiovascular system, which comprises arteries and blood vessels.

Public health officials have been concerned by the recent increase in teen vaping. Many users of e-cigarettes believe these products are safer alternatives to traditional cigarettes. However, researchers say scientific evidence tells us otherwise. This particular study adds to an existing mountain of evidence showing that e-cigarettes harm human health.

What the Study Found

The recent study followed over 400 men and women aged 21 to 45 who have not been diagnosed with heart disease and are not at risk. The researchers discovered that all of those who used e-cigarettes had arteries just as stiff as those who smoke traditional cigarettes. Stiffening of the arteries can cause serious damage to the small blood vessels, including capillaries and puts added stress on the heart, all of which could lead to heart disease.

The study also found that e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes are equally damaging to endothelial cells located in the lining of the blood vessels. Researchers say the endothelial cells in e-cigarettes produce less nitric oxide, which protects the heart, and more reactive oxygen species, which damages cells compared to the endothelial cells of those who don’t smoke. Vaping has also been linked to lung damage and has been deemed responsible for dozens of deaths.

Targeting Young People

Our product defect attorneys have been saying for years now that Juul and other large e-cigarette manufacturers have adopted Big Tobacco’s playbook using cleverly placed ads to reach vulnerable targets – in their case – America’s youth. While traditional cigarette companies use cartoon characters to appeal to young people, these e-cigarette manufacturers sell their products using social media influencers on social media and lure young people with fruit and candy flavors.

Suppose you or a loved one has been injured or lost a loved one due to the harmful health effects of e-cigarettes. In that case, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products seeking compensation for their damages and losses. An experienced e-cig injury lawyer can help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.


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