E-cigarette Use Doubles Heart Attack Risk
3/12/2018 4:11:38 PM
Arthur J. Villasanta - Fourth Estate Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) - A trio of scientific studies confirms the presence of cancer-causing toxins in e-cigarette vapor while also finding that e-cigarette use can double the risk of heart attack among smokers.

A study published Feb. 5 in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics discovered five cancer-causing toxins in the urine of 16-year-olds who inhaled e-cigarette vapor. On the other hand, a second study found, yet again, that e-cigarettes encourage teens to begin smoking traditional cigarettes.

A study revealed last week involving some 70,000 people found that daily e-cigarette use or vaping can double the risk for heart attack. If the user continues to smoke regular cigarettes each day along with e-cigarettes, the combined risk goes up five times.

"E-cigarettes are widely promoted as a smoking cessation aid, but for most people, they actually make it harder to quit smoking, so most people end up as so-called 'dual users' who keep smoking while using e-cigarettes," said Stanton Glantz, lead author of the latter study.

The latest studies again confirm many other previous studies proving that vaping -- far from being a harmless substitute for tobacco cigarettes -- increase the risk from cancer.

In September 2008, the World Health Organization announced that e-cigarette marketers should immediately remove any claims that e-cigs are a "safe and effective smoking cessation aid" because there is "no scientific evidence to confirm the product's safety and efficacy."

Seven months later or in May 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the results of a test of two U.S. e-cig brands (NJOY and Smoking Everywhere) that found "very low" amounts of nicotine in cartridges labeled as nicotine-free. In July, the FDA discouraged the use of e-cigarettes, saying they contain carcinogens and an ingredient used in antifreeze, diethylene glycol.

Another FDA concern: e-cigarettes are often marketed and sold to youngsters who, intrigued by the many flavors such as chocolate, bubble gum and mint, might easily adopt a smoking habit as a result of trying the devices.

E-cigarettes are increasingly being used as a nicotine alternative as smokers seek ways to kick their habit. They work by heating a pure liquid called e-juice -- composed of flavorings, propylene glycol, glycerin and often nicotine -- until it vaporizes.

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