Study: Vaping Raises Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes, Depression

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E-cigarettes may be an effective way of helping people to quit smoking regular cigarettes, but studies show that vaping is far from safe. According to the research, people who vape are more likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, and depression.

Using the National Health Interview Survey, researchers compared people who reported vaping to with those not reporting any e-cigarette use and found that e-cigarette users had a:

  • 55% greater risk of having a heart attack
  • 44% greater risk of circulatory problems
  • 30% higher risk of having a stroke
  • 10% higher risk of coronary artery disease

The risks were found to be significant for both regular e-cigarette users and those who only imbibe occasionally, though occasional users had slightly lower risks.

Read: Flavored Vape Juice Creates Irritating Chemicals in E-Cigarettes

In a news release, Mohinder Vindhyal, a researcher at the University of Kansas School and the study lead author, said: [2]

“Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use. These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.”

Those who reported vaping were more likely to complain of depression, anxiety, and emotional problems, the study found. These problems were 2.2-fold more common with e-cigarette use, and the risk was higher among vapers than among tobacco smokers. [1]

Read: Even Without Nicotine, E-Cigarette Flavorings may Damage Blood Vessels

Vindhyal said: [2]

“When the risk of heart attack increases by as much as 55% among e-cigarette users compared to nonsmokers, I wouldn’t want any of my patients nor my family members to vape. When we dug deeper, we found that regardless of how frequently someone uses e-cigarettes, daily or just on some days, they are still more likely to have a heart attack or coronary artery disease.”

I suppose the main question is: did vaping lead to issues such as heart attacks, strokes, and depression in this study, or are people who experience these issues simply more likely to vape than others?


[1] MedPage Today

[2] UPI

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'Study: Vaping Raises Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes, Depression' have 2 comments

  1. September 18, 2019 @ 6:52 pm 7towers

    Well Patrick , I suppose my ability to breathe much better and the fact I’ve no chest congestion since taking up vape in 2012 is just an anomoly?
    Granted I’ll admit that vaping is not risk free by any means but this article claiming that cigarettes are less harmful than vaping is beyond the pale.
    Granted I’ll also admit that a user of vape products need to be very responsible and vet any product that they wish to imbibe and to research it as if their life depended on it because it does.
    To claim that a non combustible vapor is more harmful than that of a combustible method is beyond the pale and deceives the reader with it’s omission of very important pertinent facts.
    While the e-juice market is unregulated and its the wild west , there are very reputable suppliers of least harmful , way less harmful than conventional cigarettes by large margins to allow someone like me to have the ability to move away from a very harmful habit to a method that decreases the harm done by many fold
    Just my 2 cents about the hype that has gathered so much media attention here in the USA.
    Wonder why Europe , or any other country out there isn’t reporting such detrimental effects of vaping?
    Must be our American genes


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