Smoking electronic cigarettes does not affect heart function, according to recent research.
The study, presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, found that smoking electronic cigarettes may be safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes because less nicotine is absorbed when smoking electronic cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes.
In fact, electronic cigarette users can control the amount of nicotine they consume. Many users begin with 24mg of e-liquid (the flavored liquid used in electronic cigarettes) and over time reduce their nicotine consumption to 6mg.
The authors also claimed that electronic cigarette use may actually be beneficial to one’s health when compared to smoking tobacco cigarettes, even if electronic cigarette use is not healthy, per se. Electronic cigarettes are probably safer than tobacco cigarettes because the former have far fewer chemicals than the latter.
Tobacco cigarettes have thousands of chemicals other than nicotine, and many of them are known to cause cancer. Some of these chemicals include benzene (petrol additive), formaldehyde (embalming fluid), ammonia (toilet cleaner), acetone (nail polish remover), tar, and carbon monoxide (car exhaust fumes).
This study is an important milestone in understanding the effects of smoking electronic cigarettes on heart function, and we look forward to more research like this!