New Study Shows Nicotine Can Cause Heart Problems





heart problemsA new study shows that nicotine regardless of the delivery system-analog or electronic-may cause heart problems. The new paper that was delivered to the American Society of Cell Biology’s annual meeting showed that nicotine can cause direct impact to heart cells. This is a very compelling argument that could turn the tables on the use of nicotine in helping people quit smoking whether through electronic cigarettes, nicotine patches or nicotine gums.

Nicotine is a very powerful substance that is found in tobacco. In fact, people are smoking tobacco to get their hands on nicotine. Nicotine is also present in nightshade fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and eggplants. The substance is a very helpful chemical that can improve one’s memory, suppress the appetite and makes people happier and less stressed. But the downside is that nicotine can elevate the heart rate and the blood pressure.

Electronic cigarettes are designed to deliver nicotine to the body in almost the same manner as traditional cigarettes. The difference between e-cigs and traditional tobacco is the amount of chemicals. E-cigs are touted to be one of the safer and healthier way of getting nicotine inside the body.

Earlier, there have been no studies pointing to nicotine as a health risk. In fact, there were studies that debunked the notion of nicotine being a carcinogen. An earlier study also showed that when two groups one smoking traditional cigarettes and another group vaping there is marked difference in impact to the cardiovascular system. The tobacco group showed signs of increased heart rate while the e-cig group showed a slight increase in blood pressure.

Previous studies also confirmed that electronic cigarettes are more effective than any other smoking-cessation device compared to people that are trying to quit smoking via cold turkey. In 2007 the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom hailed vapes as the answer to help save millions of lives from the impact and risks caused by tobacco smoking.

The new study discovered a cellular drill called podosome rosettes which ate heart tissue after six hours of exposure to nicotine. This led to the deterioration of smooth vascular muscle cells that are found in the middle layer of the arterial wall which extends to the inner layer. The result would be similar to atherosclerosis, the study said. The study further stated that nicotine is acting like a cancer that is waking up the cells and convincing them to break away from their surroundings and causing an effect akin to a wall being drilled.

Then again, the research is very early and there is a need for follow ups. This could be the wakeup call for people in the vaping industry to take a look and how to mitigate the potential health impact of nicotine. This study could be one of the things that anti-vaping advocates will use to convince people and even jurisdictions to ban vapes before the FDA will come up with regulation that could spell life and death of the vaping industry.