Due to their growing popularity, it’s time to take a good look at the effects of E-cigarettes on your heart
This is a 2 part series that will first set the background for why this is relevant to you, your family and friends, even if you do not smoke. And then, we’ll talk about the research and what it shows.
As you know, smoking is a major public health threat for both the smokers and the nonsmokers.
There’s an ever-growing mountain of evidence showing that smoking is responsible for several of the diseases killing people in this country.
This is particularly true when talking about the cardiovascular system…your heart and all its parts.
Indeed, smoking is responsible for up to 30% of heart disease-related deaths in the United States, every single year.
Smoking is the single most preventable risk factor when talking about heart disease.
When the trend toward reducing harm to self and others from tobacco started years ago, tobacco use declined in the United States.
➡ Since then, the number of e‐cigarette users has increased significantly because of the misperception that they serve as a healthy substitute for tobacco consumption with minimal or no harm.
Add that to the lax usage regulations and the “appealing” nature of these devices, among other reasons, and research on the effects of e-cigarettes on your heart was inevitable.
As a result, there has been a greater surge in tobacco use, especially among the younger generation, and it’s alarming that this group has the highest increase in usage.
➡ 5.3% of all users are middle school students, and 16% are high school students.
This is a nine and ten‐fold increase, respectively, since 2011.
Because the brain is only fully developed when we reach our mid‐twenties, youths’ exposure to nicotine may disrupt their brain development, and interfere with attention and learning. It also raises the likelihood of addiction to nicotine or to other drugs, such as cocaine.
➡ And then there’s this…Despite the known negative consequences of tobacco smoking, many pregnant women continue to use e‐cigarettes based on their “perception of safety” as compared to tobacco.
Nicotine contributes to the negative health consequences of smoking on newborns, e‐cigarette use will likely expose the fetus to nicotine, leading to adverse effects, such as reduced cognitive deficits and the potential for deaths related to sudden infant death syndrome.
So, now, finally, it’s become clear that there are a lot of unanswered questions about their overall safety, whether it is actually reducing harm and most importantly, the long-term effects of E-Cigarettes on your heart.
➡ In addition to their potential negative health effects, the evidence is proving that e‐cigarettes give off considerable levels of toxic substances such as nicotine, explosive organic compounds, and carbonyls (which contain molecules of carbon monoxide).
So…they are potentially harmful not just to the user, but to non-users, through second-hand smoke or*** third-hand exposure.
***Third-hand cigarette smoke is the nasty residue that clings to clothing, carpets, and furniture. It has been proven to be just as deadly as smoking a cigarette.
The long-term consequences of these findings are especially dangerous to “vulnerable populations,” such as children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those at risk, or with a history of heart disease.
It has become critical to set some ground rules and to relate research findings to the effects of E-cigarettes on your heart to a larger audience.