By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 05:07 GMT, 7 November 2019 | Updated: 06:25 GMT, 7 November 2019
Vaping can still cause heart disease despite being touted as a healthy alternative to smoking, warns a new study.
On top of nicotine, research shows vapes contain particulate matter, metals and flavorings - all of which contribute to cardiovascular problems.
The US has seen nearly 40 deaths linked to short-term use of e-cigarettes, and the immediate effects on the heart and blood vessels seen in the handful of completed studies suggest they could do long-term cardiovascular damage.
Simply put: vaping is 'just not worth the risk,' said lead author of the new Ohio State University study, Nicholas Buchanan.
A new review of early research on the heart and blood vessel effects of vaping suggests that the devices are far from 'safe,' warn Ohio State University researchers (file)
He and his team reviewed the research that's been done on the cardiovascular effects of e-cigarettes so far and, though they say many more and larger studies are desperately needed, the early evidence suggests the devices cannot be called 'safe.'
Vaping has increased from around seven million users in 2011 to 41 million last year - with a projected increase to more than 55 million by 2021, according to the World