Many people feel that e-cigarettes (or “vaping”) is healthier than smoking. This may be the case, but it by no means the act isn’t negatively impacting your health.According to recent research, certain flavorings that manufacturers add to e-cigarette liquids can actually be harming to the user’s heart.Researchers found that flavoring chemicals in the liquids, such as cinnamon and citrus, were actually impairing the ability of the heart cells to function. Marketers have been selling e-cigarettes as a “safe alternative” to normal cigarettes; however, the more scientists are discovering about vaping, the more dangers they’re uncovering.
Researchers have also found a positive association between e-cigarette use and an increase in cardiovascular risk. Scientists think the nicotine present in e-cigarette liquids is the cause.
THEY FOUND THAT CINNAMALDEHYDE, OR CINNAMON FLAVORING, PREVENTED THE CARDIOMYOCYTES FROM CONTRACTING 24 HOURS AFTER COMING INTO CONTACT WITH THEM, WHILE EUGENOL (CLOVE), CITRONELLOL (FLORAL), AND LIMONENE (CITRUS) CAUSED THE HEART MUSCLE CELLS TO BEAT FASTER.
“THESE EFFECTS [FROM THE CHEMICALS] ARE KIND OF STRIKING BECAUSE IT SUGGESTS THAT IF THIS COMPOUND WAS INTERACTING WITH THE HEART MUSCLE ITSELF, IT COULD DO SOMETHING DIRECTLY TO CHANGE HOW THAT CELL ACTUALLY FUNCTIONS,” SAYS NYSTORIAK.
The researchers found that the liquid flavorings caused the most drastic effects when they were unheated.
However, with thousands of flavorings on the market today, it is unknown how each of these will break down if heated.
The researchers also do not have conclusive evidence of how inhaling the flavorings in e-cigarette liquids impacts cardiomyocytes.
Still, there is one conclusion that can be drawn from this study: don’t believe e-cigarettes have no side-effects.