There is a well documented link between smoking and heart disease, but can you vape to your heart’s content? We’ll look at the ways smoking attacks your cardiovascular health and then try to compare whether vaping puts you at the same risk.

First off, simply breathing second-hand smoke can have detrimental damage on the human body’s power plant. The heart may be at the core of life, but as we’ll discuss, nothing is safe from the dangers of tobacco smoke.

How Smoking And Heart Disease Are Linked

The U.S. Food and Drug Association has determined smoking to be a major cause of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and damage to blood vessels. This includes the “…abdominal aorta, the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart through the abdomen to major organs.”

Smoking is a proven risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Some of them due to atherosclerosis, or the buildup of fatty substances, often referred to as plaque inside the arteries. Researchers are trying to determine its connection to high blood pressure, but it’s clear that every puff at least temporarily increases it.

While smokers may not even feel the effects of these diseases, they are continuously taking a toxic foothold in user’s health. Smoking is a kind of trickery; discomforts from smoking usually subside when the cigarette is finished. However, research has proven that the lasting problems with continuous tobacco usage are cumulative and most cancers are due to habitual investment.

Does Vaping Pose The Same Risk?

Recent studies, including one conducted by the American Heart Association are looking into the possible negative impacts of e-cigarette derived nicotine’s cumulative effects on the heart. However, Dr. Holly Middlekauf, professor of medicine at UCLA who led the scientific research said, “The way I think about it is that if you currently smoke tobacco cigarettes, switching to e-cigs may be a better choice, at least from the data we have…” in a Time Magazine article.