Vaping might increase your risk of heart disease, just like regular cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes could put smokers at risk of heart disease, a study shows. Regular cigarettes are known to cause cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes. Now, it looks like e-cigarettes might, too.

Compared to healthy non-smokers, people who use e-cigs almost every day were found to have biological markers known to increase the risk of heart disease in tobacco users, according to a study published today in the journal JAMA Cardiology. The researchers observed increased levels of adrenaline in the heart, as well as increased oxidative stress, an imbalance in the body’s ability to defend itself against the damaging action of free radicals.

Today’s study is part of a vigorous debate about e-cigarettes’ safety. The use of e-cigarettes, also called vaping, is a fairly new phenomenon, and the body of research on its effects is relatively thin.

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