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New Study on Vaping and Heart Attacks - a Cause for Concern?

New Study on Vaping and Heart Attacks - a Cause for Concern?


New Study on Vaping and Heart Attacks - a Cause for Concern?

A recent study published by the University of California, San Francisco got quite a bit of media attention last week, and its findings are, at first glance, rather alarming. According to researchers, daily vapers have a risk of heart attack nearly double that of people who neither smoke nor vape. If you both vape and smoke, they say, your heart attack risk is a whopping five times higher than the general population.

Those are some scary statistics. But are things really as dire as they seem? Perhaps not, and for a variety of reasons.

First. Consider the source: vaping science at UCSF, particularly projects led by professor Stanton Glantz, has often been called into question or outright debunked. Even this latest paper, which was published back in February but is only now making news, has already drawn some harsh rebuttals.

Getting into the actual findings themselves gives even greater cause for pause. Let's start with the biggest claim - if you vape and smoke, you're five times as likely to suffer a heart attack.

Generally, most ex-smokers start out as "dual users" - they start vaping while tapering off on cigarette consumption until it falls to zero. Many then also begin tapering their dose of nicotine until they drastically reduce or eliminate consumption of the drug. Lots of users even quit vaping at this point.

But dual users who are still smoking months or years after beginning vaping are a different breed. They're likely heavy nicotine consumers who supplement smoking with vaping in places where smoking isn't allowed.

In the interest of being more transparent than the news coverage we've seen, let's make an important clarification: while smoking and vaping may contribute to heart health issues to some degree, nicotine is the main culprit here. A mild stimulant, the drug briefly increases blood pressure when it's used. Over a longer period, this can cause blood vessels to lose some of their elasticity. It's these effects on the cardiovascular system that cause heart problems, so it follows that the more nicotine people use, the greater risk they're exposing themselves to.

If you'd like to learn even more about nicotine and its overall health effects, we've got you covered.

That still leaves us with the claim that vapor-only users are twice as likely to suffer heart attacks as non-vapers. It's a little less concerning than the finding that smokers are having three times as many as the general population, but there's even an explanation for this.


Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos

Recent findings from Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos who, unlike Glantz, is an actual doctor of medicine, indicate that 95% of vapers are former smokers. Other research has shown that it can take as much as eight years for the heart attack risk of a former smoker to drop to the level of someone who's never smoked. If that sounds like a long time, doctors used to believe the process of cigarette detox could take as long as 15 years.

"The study just found that people who develop heart attacks because of smoking are more likely to try and use e-cigarettes in an effort to quit smoking. Nothing more than that," Farsalinos told Breazy when we reached out for comments on the UCSF report. "The findings have simply been mis-presented and misinterpreted."

So, what is Glantz really telling us? First, to get any health benefit from vaping, you've got to quit smoking. Completely. It's also probably a good idea to reduce your nicotine consumption, if you're not doing that already.

Next, the risk of heart attack for vapers is lower than it is for smokers. How much lower is it? We don't really know. There could be as-yet-undiscovered heart risks from vaping, even at zero nicotine, but because of the body's natural tobacco detoxification process it'll be years before we even have a population of vaping ex-smokers who've been tobacco-free for eight years or more to meaningfully study.