E-cigarettes are increasingly popular in recent years. Appealing colors on devices, elegant appearances, fruity flavors and the so-called “healthy substitute for cigarettes,” all these advertisements have lured countless people to turn to e-cigarettes.
However, e-cigarettes are never better than cigarettes. Instead, they are so dangerous that they should be banned for young people, warned by scientists.
The damage on heart and blood vessels
In order to study the effect of e-cigarettes, the research team recruited 20 healthy smokers and investigated what would happen 15 minutes after vaping.
Surprisingly, just 15-minute vaping led to higher heart rates, stiffen arteries and the dysfunction of the inner lining of the arteries.
The inner lining of the arteries promotes healthy blood clotting processes, regulates inflammation, and protects the tissues from toxic substances. When it doesn’t work properly, it can lead to heart disease.
The damage on brain and lungs
In addition, the researchers exposed 151 mice to cigarette vapor over one, three or five days for 20 minutes six times a day and found damage to blood vessels in the lungs and the brain.
Such damage is caused by an enzyme called NOX-2. NOX-2 affects the body's defense against bacteria and oxidative stress, which can lead to cell and tissue damage.
“We also found a toxic chemical called acrolein, which is produced when the liquid in e-cigarettes is vaporized, activated the damaging effects of NOX-2,” said the study leader Professor Thomas Münzel.
Scientists call for ban on vaping
In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 3.6 million teens use e-cigarettes, which increased by 78% between 2017 to 2018. We are at risk of a whole generation becoming harmed by e-cigarettes. Some e-cigarettes even contain nicotine, which is addictive.
Scientists suggest that countries should consider banning e-cigarettes. Some countries have already taken action, including Brazil, India, Mexico, Singapore, and Thailand.
To conclude, although vaping companies claim that e-cigarettes are healthy alternatives to cigarettes, they can have damaging effects on the body. If you or people around you are using e-cigarettes, stop yourself and tell your friends and beloved to be away from them.