The flavors used in e-cigarettes are harmful to your cardiovascular health. Continue reading to know the flavors that contribute to maximum harm.
Smoking electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is a trend among teenagers without knowing the health hazards they may harbor. E-cigarettes use flavoring liquids, which are available in different variants. E-cigarettes are equally harmful to a person's health. A recent study highlights the adverse effects of the flavor used in e-cigarettes.
One study suggests that the flavors used in e-cigarettes, especially cinnamon and menthol, may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease when inhaled. The study examined the effect of flavoring used on e-cigarettes on endothelial cells in the inner lining of blood vessels.
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The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It has been found that endothelial cells, when exposed to flavor liquid after use of e-cigarettes, have an increase in the levels of molecules involved in DNA damage and cell death.
In addition to this cinnamon and menthol, two flavors were considered more harmful than the others.
E-cigarettes have been seen as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the study also mentions that it is not a safer option to opt for it.
"This study clearly shows that e-cigarettes are not an alternative to a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes," said Joseph Wu, a professor at Stanford University.
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"When we exposed the cells to six different flavors of e-liquid with different levels of nicotine we saw significant damage. The cells were less viable in culture and showed several symptoms of dysfunction, "Wu added.
Apart from an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, there are many other harmful effects of smoking e-cigarettes. Some of them could be:
- E-cigarettes can promote nicotine addiction at a very young age.
- They can also lead to oral health problems such as gum disease, tooth loss, and so on.
- Regular Smoking May Lead to Increased Nicotine Addiction Cancer Risk
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Written by: Varsha Vats
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Team May 29, 2019