High blood pressure is a common side effect of smoking. Can vaping help reduce your risk of heart disease?
Could e-cigarette smoking instead of tobacco cigarettes help lower blood pressure and prevent a common quitting consequence, weight gain? If so, smokers could greatly reduce their risk of heart disease, especially if they switch to vaping e-cigarettes early instead of inhaling toxic tobacco smoke for decades.
A new study has focused on patients with high blood pressure who either a) smoke only cigarettes, b) only vape, or c) reduce their use of tobacco cigarettes by also vaping. The results were clear: the smokers who significantly reduced or even stopped their tobacco consumption and switched to e-cigarettes could show significant improvements in their systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
The study was published in the “International Journey of Environmental Research and Public Health” and was published by Dr. Riccardo Polosa, who works at the University of Catania in Italy. He has done other research into the effects of e-cigarettes. One finds that quitting smoking with e-cigarettes repairs harm to asthma sufferers.
Why is blood pressure important at all?
The most common causes of premature death among smokers are heart disease and stroke. Smokers run a double risk of dying from cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years. Smokers who start at a young age are already 5 times as likely as non-smokers to die of a heart attack. The dangerous cigarette smoke clogs the arteries and causes chronic inflammation, both of which can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure only increases a smoker’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Unfortunately, smokers who already have high blood pressure do not have much information on the long-term effects of abstinence on blood pressure. Another unpleasant side effect of quitting smoking is often weight gain. Increased weight is an independent cause of high blood pressure and heart disease, which makes analysis even more difficult.
Dr. Polosa and his research team found that after quitting weight gain is significantly less in ex-smokers who now vape than in smokers who do not use e-cigarettes. “E-cigarette consumption can help high blood pressure smokers reduce or quit tobacco smoking with minimal weight gain after quitting. This hardly significant weight gain after switching to e-cigarettes certainly also plays a role in the fact that the long-term effects of smoking cessation on blood pressure are so positive. ” Polosa.
Despite some of the limitations of this study, such as test group size, no control over other lifestyle factors, and self-reported smoking habits, the study shows that vaping plays an important role in helping smokers reduce their risk of serious heart disease. “The use of e-cigarettes can help smokers with arterial high blood pressure reduce or quit smoking with little or no weight gain,” the research team said. Larger studies could be conducted to confirm these results.