E-Cigarettes May Impact Cardiovascular Health According to Study
Written by jordanmckamey on June 5, 2019
The dangers of e-cigarettes is on the rise as health professionals continue to warn of an epidemic of use among youth.
A recent USA Today article points to a study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study found that several of the e-liquids were toxic to lab-grown endothelial cells — which play a key role in heart and cardiovascular health.
Exposure to the flavors — fruit, tobacco, sweet tobacco with caramel and vanilla, sweet butterscotch, cinnamon, and menthol increased the levels of molecules that can cause DNA damage and cell death, according to the study. The cinnamon and menthol flavors were particularly harmful because they disrupted cells’ ability to form new blood vessels and significantly decreased cell viability even in the absence of nicotine.
Cells exposed to the cinnamon, caramel and vanilla flavors experienced increased signs of inflammation and decreased ability to migrate to heal wounds. While more study is needed — studies like this one continue to reveal the risk in e-cigarette use.