Jim is a 55-year-old tow-truck driver. He is a life-long smoker and his doctor has been telling him for years he needs to quit. Jim is starting to experience some of the hallmark symptoms of heart disease such as a heaviness in his chest, shortness of breath, and palpitations. Like many, Jim has tried quitting smoking many times before but has never been successful. He heard about vaping from a friend and is thinking of giving it a try.
According to the CDC, more than 9 million adults vape regularly. Many people vape because of the perception that vaping is healthier than smoking. However, recent research is disputing that notion.
European researchers recently reported study results finding “a significant increase in heart rate and blood pressure in volunteers who were exposed to e-cigarettes containing nicotine.” The findings, while preliminary, noted that arterial stiffness increased about three-fold when vaping with nicotine as opposed to non-nicotine vaping.
Not only did arteries stiffen, but blood pressure and heart rate increased as well. The researchers noted that similar findings are demonstrated following use of conventional cigarettes. The study authors hypothesize that long-term use of nicotine in e-cigarettes (vaping) will cause permanent effects to the cardiovascular system resulting in heart disease – as is seen with the use of conventional cigarettes.
The study authors further note that marketing of vaping often targets conventional cigarette users by positioning the product as a smoking-cessation device. Because of this and other trends, the e-cigarette industry is expected to surpass the conventional cigarette industry in the next few years in terms of persons using the product. The researchers state “E-cigarette users should be aware of the potential dangers of this product, so that they can decide whether to continue or quit based on scientific facts.”
For more information, please see: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170910232512.htm
As a Louisiana disability firm, we often represent people like Jim, who suffer from heart disease. In fact, in Louisiana diseases of the heart is the number 1 cause of death and in the top 5 causes for disability claims. If you smoke, we encourage you to quit and work with your doctors to limit or minimize any other negative health impacts.
However, if you do develop heart disease and can no longer work, please call us at Louisiana Disability Law so that we can help you fight for the benefits you spent a lifetime working to pay for and now need!