Debbie Nicholson

Athens researchers find electronic cigarettes show no link to heart disease

Electronic cigarettes commonly called e-cigarette used by many trying to kick the habit acts much like a cigarette producing an inhaled vapor that generates the physical sensation, appearance and usually flavor of an inhaled cigarette with some containing nicotine. These cigarettes have been under fire for the negative health effects they produce mainly heart disease.

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According to a new study researchers say their study reveals that e-cigarettes that contain nicotine have no adverse events on the heart.

In this new study researchers from Athens-based Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center had examined the heart activity of young daily smokers after one regular cigarette and compared the heart activity to 22 people who smoked electronic cigarettes for seven minutes.

Dr. Konstantions Farsalinos, cardiologist (fellow) at Onasis Cardiac Surgery Center and one of the researchers related while the smokers had shown significant heart dysfunction such as heart beats or blood pressure the effects from e-cigarettes had minimal impact on the heart.

Dr. Farsalinos commented "Currently available data suggest that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful, and substituting tobacco with electronic cigarettes may be beneficial to health," according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to researchers past studies have found that e-cigarettes would need to be smoked daily from four to twelve months to acquire the levels the carcinogen nitrosamines that are present in one cigarette.

Dr. Farsalinos did note that larger studies are needed to examine the possible long term effects of electronic cigarettes.

This study was presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology.

The Wall Street Journal had reported the sale of electronic cigarettes has doubled in the United States over the last five years from $250 to $500 million in total cigarettes as reported by The Heartland Institute.

The debate of electronic cigarettes wages on as part of the medical community argue there are still dangers to electronic cigarettes including the delay of smoking cessation . The other side of the community advocates they could have benefits as a smoking cessation program.

Share your views on the debate. Do you believe e-cigarettes are still dangerous to your health?