A New Study Says E-Cigs May Damage The Heart; Popular Brand Pulls Out Mint Flavor In US Ahead Of Possible Ban

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Vaping to kick the habit of smoking? There’s a new study that’s worth thinking about. A recent study about e-cigarettes showed that vaping devices and their chemicals may be harmful to the cardiovascular system, according to AFP via ABS-CBN News.

E-cigarettes resemble cigarettes but don’t burn tobacco. However, they contain “contain nicotine, particulate matter, metal, and flavorings, not just harmless water vapor,” according to the study published in the journal Cardiovascular Research. These fine particles “enter the circulation and have direct effects on the heart.”

E-cigs may or may not contain nicotine, a substance also found in tobacco that’s known to increase blood pressure and heart rate, according to the report. Other e-cig ingredients have also been linked to a variety of health risks, such as the cancer-causing formaldehyde.

As for the popular mint and fruit flavors of e-cigs, researchers said there’s little known about the potential health hazards of inhaling—instead of the typical oral ingestion—of flavoring agents. There’s also not much data on the secondhand effects of vaping.

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Around the world, there are 41 million vape users, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization. Among young users, one in four high school students in the US use e-cigs, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Study.

To discourage young people from vaping, the US administration said it would soon ban flavored liquids used in e-cigs, according to Philstar. Mint was the top flavor among 10th and 12th graders and the second favorite among eighth graders.

Ahead of the possible ban, e-cigs brand Juul announced that they’re pulling out mint products in the US. They’ll continue to sell other flavors like tobacco and menthol. No word yet on any flavor rollbacks for countries aside from the US.

Last month, another study found a link between vaping and lung cancer in mice.

Those trying to quit smoking are advised to use FDA-approved patches and gums instead of e-cigarettes by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Non-smokers are discouraged from using e-cigs in the first place.

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