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Addictive Nicotine in E-Cigs Increases Adrenaline Levels, Causing Heart Diseases

Everything you've come to know about e-cigarettes is wrong.

Smoking has been a huge health threat for everyone, whether or not you light one. From second hand smoking to third hand smoking, it’s a serious topic that needs to be dealt with. Apparently, since e-cigs have become a thing, the number of people smoking actual cigars has decreased. But really, are e-cigs good for your health?

It’s true that medical experts are still trying to unravel the health effects of e-cigarettes. So far, they’ve focused on the addictive properties of nicotine. This, of course, includes the potentially cancer-causing agents acquirable in the vapors the devices emit.

Some turn to e-cigarettes as replacement for tobacco cigarettes.

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There’s a new study, however, from the Journal of the American Heart Association that suggests yet another growing health concern of e-cigarettes. It’s said to have some negative effects on the heart.

Led by Dr. Holly Middlekauff, the scientists at the University of California Los Angeles found out that devices containing nicotine can somehow boost adrenaline levels in a person’s heart. This immediately puts the heart under extreme stress, a major risk factor for both stroke and heart attack.

Middlekauff studied 33 healthy individuals, all of whom were not tobacco or e-cigarette smokers, and asked them to visit the lab on three different days. In each visit, they all smoked a different device, but with no active ingredients. These were e-cigs with nicotine and e-cigs without nicotine.

Tar, not just nicotine, poses the biggest health risk in cigarettes.

She found out that the device that caused a dramatic increase in adrenaline levels was the one with nicotine. This obviously raises new concerns about the dangers of nicotine, which is already linked to cancer. This is also worrisome to people who use e-cigs as replacements for tobacco cigarettes.

Middlekauff was quoted saying,

Long-term inhaled nicotine hasn’t been studied in terms of heart risk. If it leads to high adrenaline levels in the heart, which has been shown to be a risk factor in people both with and without heart disease, then that’s a problem.”

Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually better not to resort to e-cigarettes if you’re a non-smoker.

The study further suggests that non-smokers shouldn’t start using e-cigarettes, as it’s contrary to the notion that it’s a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. As for current tobacco cigarette smokers, e-cigs might not be a slightly better option. Using this device continuously can only disrupt unstable plaques in the blood vessels, contributing to heart attack and heart disease.

As Middlekauff put it:

The way I think about it is that if you currently smoke tobacco cigarettes, switching to e-cigs may be a better choice, at least from the data we have. But if you don’t smoke at all, I would strongly advise that you not start using e-cigarettes, because they are not harmless.”

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