Vaping May Help Your Heart
Smokers who are looking for a safe way to quit their cigarette habit will be happy to hear that preliminary studies are showing that vaping may be the answer.
In an article published earlier this month, Medical News Today reported that a study done by the researchers from the University of Bristol, located in the United Kingdom, had shown promising results for smokers who’ve switched to vaping. The study, which focused on the stress reaction that smoking and vaping both have on heart cells, showed that while smoking did have a stress reaction, vaping did not any discernible reaction.
The tests were conducted using donated human heart cells, with the researchers analyzing the changes in heart cells’ gene expression when the smoke extract from either a traditional cigarette or vapor aerosol passed through them. The immediate results showed that the smoke extract from cigarettes was identifiable and measurable, but that the vapor aerosol showed no damage to the heart cells.
The study is the first of many that are being conducted to evaluate the overall biological effects that vaping has on the body, as well as how those results compare to the effects that smoking produce. It is thought that studies like these would help medical associations and governmental bodies make informed decisions about whether or not vaping was a safe way for people to quit smoking.
This led lead researcher Professor Marcus Munafò to conclude that “this result suggests tobacco smokers may be able to reduce immediate tobacco-related harm by switching from conventional cigarettes to e-cigarettes.”
The study, which was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence this month, has opened the door to more studies focusing on the effects vaping has on smokers who are quitting, instead of more generalized studies that have been studying the effects on society as a whole. This is important because the majority of people who are switching to vaping are smokers who are trying to quit, so tailoring studies to focus on how vaping affects them is crucial.
While these results are still preliminary, and many more tests are needed to be done in order to verify the veracity of the findings, it is a clear indication that any smoker who is thinking of trying vaping in order to quit smoking will find that the change could help their heart health by removing any further damage to their heart cells. In turn, the simple act of switching from smoking to vaping could ultimately save their lives.