The majority of study participants were using older e-cigarette devices.
Smoking tobacco products like cigarettes has a lot of health risks, including a variety of heart problems and lung cancer. In the past 10 years, as the globe transitioned to the information age, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, appeared as a possibly safer substitute. Recent research, however, indisputably shows that e-cigarettes carry their own set of health hazards.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in California supported a team of researchers led by Dr. Matthew Springer from the University of California who discovered that both tobacco and e-cigarette smokers showed symptoms of increased inflammation in blood vessels and a higher risk of blood clots.
120 adults between the ages of 21 and 50 volunteered for the study, of whom 42 regularly used e-cigarettes, 28 routinely smoked traditional cigarettes, and 50 never used any tobacco products.
The blood vessels of both tobacco cigarette smokers and e-cigarette users were found to be less expandable when the researchers subsequently examined blood vessels in non-smokers using ultrasonography to test blood-vessel function. The cells became more permeable in response to the serum from e-cigarette users, which was interpreted as a symptom of “impaired blood vessel function.”
“These findings suggest that using the two products together, as many people do, could increase their health risks compared to using them individually,” Dr. Matthew Springer, who led the research, said in a statement.
The study was published in the journal “Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.”
The majority of study participants used older models of e-cigarettes rather than more contemporary ones. The study concluded that more research is required to fully comprehend the health impacts of various e-cigarette models.