A new study finds health concerns that vaping raises the risk of blood clots, high blood pressure, high heart rate, and damaged arteries in youths. These vaping risks are startlingly similar to the risks associated with smoking cigarettes, leading researchers to warn people that their vaping habit may not be so safe.

Study author Gustaf Lyytinen, a clinician at Helsingborg Hospital and researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said, “Our results suggest that using e-cigarettes. That contains nicotine has similar impacts on the body as smoking traditional cigarettes. This effect on blood clots is important because we know that in the long-term, this can lead to clogged-up and narrowed blood vessels, and that, of course, puts people at risk of heart attacks and strokes.”

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The research was done with women and men from the ages of 18 to 45. The research showed that those who vaped had higher blood pressure and heart rate afterward. They also showed a 23% increase in blood clots. High tech visualization using laser technology was used to study the changes in small blood vessels of the participants, showing that the small vessels temporarily became narrower.

Patricia Folan, who directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. said, “E-cigarettes in their many forms were brought to market without proper regulation. Their safety and effectiveness in assisting smokers to quit were not proven or demonstrated with supporting research.”

This research proves that vaping is not much of a safer alternative to smoking, as it also comes with its own health concerns. 

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