Even though society has known about the surefire dangers of smoking, chewing, dipping, and even sniffing tobacco for decades, tens of millions of United States citizens regularly consume tobacco.
In recent years, however, smokers have turned to vaporizers as a form of harm reduction. Even though we don’t know how much harm vaporizers actually do to users, it’s almost certain that they are safer on our bodies than consuming tobacco itself in any form.
A study published in the peer-reviewed, well-established, highly-trusted Journal of the American College of Cardiology recently with the title of “Modeling Cardiovascular Risks of E-Cigarettes With Human-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Endothelial Cells” found that the flavors that vaping product consumers go crazy for could increase the risk of heart disease in its users.
The study, which was led by head author Won Hee Lee, started off by growing the very same cells that are found on the insides of our blood vessels. Once Won Hee Lee’s team of researchers gathered enough of these specialized cells, his team exposed the blood vessel liner cells to a few of the most popular types of vaporizer flavors that are used in modern e-cigs.
Without getting too technical, the researchers pulled a little magic to make sure that the cells would perform the same processes as they would in living, complete human bodies when put in contact with nicotine flavor agents.
From there, the researchers compared the results of the blood vessel cells that were exposed to just vape flavorings with the cells that were exposed to nicotine. Both of the experiments, even the one that didn’t have any nicotine in it, were the direct cause of dysfunction in the blood vessel cells.
Moderwereedical practitioners know that the dysfunction that the cells exhibited after the study was conducted are directly related to the rising risk of heart disease.
Menthol and cinnamon vape flavorings currently appear to be two of the most poisonous available flavors on the United States market right now.
The study indicated that, in the blood vessel cells that were exposed to flavoring agents, cell damage, being unable to create new blood vessel cells or repair existing ones, and inflammation were all present.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, from Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2018, the number of high schoolers who had vaped in the past month jumped 78 percent, whereas the number of middle schoolers who had done so rose 48 percent.