A new study has warned that switching out the occasional cigarette for a vape does not reduce a smoker’s chance of suffering from heart and lung damage.
US experts studied the health and smoking habits of some 7,000 Americans — finding that vaping alone was associated with lower cardiovascular danger signs.
However, smoking habits which feature both cigarettes and vaping appear to do just as much harm as smoking cigarettes exclusively.
In the UK, cigarette sales have fallen in recent years, with the proportion of the population that smokes having shrunk from 14.7 to 14.1 per cent from 2018–19.
At the same time, however, the use of e-cigarettes appears to be on the rise, with as many as three million Britons thought to be regular vapers.
In their study, public health expert Andrew Stokes of Boston University and colleagues analysed data on the smoking habits and health of more than 7,000 Americans — focusing on inflammation and oxidative stress in the body.
These are key signs which can be used to predict heart attacks and heart failure.
Of the participants, around 10 per cent reported using a combination of both traditional and electronic cigarettes.
According to the American Heart Association’s Rose Marie Robertson, the finding ‘has an important message for individuals who may believe using e-cigarettes while continuing to smoke some combustible cigarettes reduces their risk’.
The full findings of the study were published in the journal, Circulation.