Vaping seems like a very cool alternative to smoking. It certainly doesn’t smell as bad and does look way more aesthetic.
However, the practice might not be as safe as you think.
Vaping has been around for some time now and has grown really popular. People use it as a way to quit smoking or simply because it looks pretty hip. But new research has brought to light that the use of vaping devices, or e-cigarettes as they’re called, could be linked to an increased risk of heart disease and a heightened possibility of a heart attack.
According to data presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session (h/t Pop Science), while vaping is probably safer than smoking, it’s definitely not as safe as doing neither.
“Safer—you can use that term however you want,” study author Mohinder Vindhyal, an assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita, says. “Safer doesn’t mean safe.”
The study took information from nearly 100,000 people who participated in the 2014, 2016 and 2017 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) into account. The surveys, which are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, asked subjects about various health topics and it was discovered that e-cig users were 56 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack while 30 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than non-users.
Coronary artery disease and blood clots were also more common in persons who vaped.
Other cardiovascular risk factors such as weight and high cholesterol were also taken into consideration but the association remained high after the elimination process. The analysis also concluded that individuals who vaped daily were more likely to have a heart attack or get heart disease than persons who didn’t as often.
Of course, regular smoking is riskier even where heart complications are concerned. The study found that smokers stood a 165 percent higher chance of a heart attack than non-smokers. But there’s still not enough data to say whether or not e-cigarettes pose less of a risk than traditional cigarettes overall.