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Vaping may be just as harmful as traditional smoking, say scientists who found that e-cigarettes may cause significant impact on vascular functions.

The research, published in the journal Vascular Medicine, brought new to light on the significant health risks of e-cigarettes with nicotine.

The study showed that smokers of e-cigarettes experienced the same, if not higher level of cardiovascular elevation for prolonged periods after smoking the e-cigarette.

Researchers from University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Germany monitored participant's vitals during and after they had smoked a cigarette, e-cigarette, or nicotine-free e-cigarette.

The smoking lasted for one cigarette, at least 5 minutes, and the vaping lasted for one session for 5 minutes. Vitals were monitored for 2 hours from when smoking commenced.

Researchers found that using e-cigarettes and cigarettes, in comparison to nicotine-free e-cigarettes, had the same significant impact on vitals, with participant's blood pressure and heart rate being affected.

Peripheral systolic blood pressure was raised significantly for 45 minutes after using an e-cigarette and 15 minutes after smoking a cigarette. Heart rate also remained elevated for 45 minutes for e-cigarettes, with the increase being higher than 8 per cent for the first 30 minutes.

In comparison, traditional cigarettes only raised heart rate for 30 minutes and there was again no change when using nicotine-free e-cigarettes.

Researchers said that the e-cigarettes can be as dangerous as cigarettes.

"The increased parameters within the nicotine containing devices might be a link to an increased cardiovascular risk which is well known for cigarettes," they said.

"Future trials should focus on chronic effects of vaping nicotine-containing or nicotine free liquids on peripheral and central blood pressures as well as on arterial stiffness," researchers said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 12:05 IST
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