People who are using e-cigarettes are more likely to experience heart problems, depression and anxiety a new study suggests.
The information was released on Thursday within the US and looked at the rate of heart attacks of people who vape.
They found that the heart attack rate among those that did vape was 34 per cent higher than those who did not vape.
The study took into account the risk factors of age, gender, body mass index, cholesterol level, blood pressure and tobacco use.
When taking into account these factors it was found that 25 per cent of these were more likely to have coronary artery disease. A staggering 55 per cent were more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.
Assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Mohinder Vindhyal said: ‘Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use.
‘These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.’ He added: ‘I wouldn’t want any of my patients nor my family members to vape.’
But it is important to note that the study does not take into account or identify a cause and effect relationship in relation to these risks.
This is one of the first studies around vaping which has been carried out because of the devices only hit the market about 10 years ago.
But US health authorities are becoming concerned about the increase in the use and popularity of e-cigarettes which are battery-powered devices which enable the user to inhale a liquid which is fruit flavoured and has nicotine within it.
But it is believed they are safer because they do not contain the cancer-causing products found in tobacco.
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