According to the Economic Times, researchers at the University of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, published a study in the journal Vascular Medicine, revealing that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes may have a major impact on vascular function, so vape products may be as harmful as traditional smoking.
The study showed that vapers experienced the same cardiovascular elevation after long-term use of e-cigarettes.
The researchers monitored vital signs during and after the participants smoked cigarettes, vapes, or nicotine-free e-cigarettes.
The researchers found that e-cigarettes and cigarettes had the same significant effect on participants’ blood pressure and heart rate compared to nicotine-free e-cigarettes.
After 45 minutes of the vaping and 15 minutes of smoking, the peripheral systolic blood pressure increased significantly. And after using the e-cigarettes, the heart rate continued to increase for 45 minutes, and the increase in the first 30 minutes was higher than 8%. In contrast, heart rate increased by only 30 minutes after using traditional cigarettes. But the heart rate didn’t change when using nicotine-free e-cigarettes.
Researchers say that e-cigarettes may be as dangerous as cigarettes, and it is recommended that future trials should focus on the chronic effects of nicotine-containing or nicotine-free e-cigarettes on peripheral and central blood pressure.