The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published on November 15th 2019 a science paper with the title ” Cardiovascular Effects of Switching From Tobacco Cigarettes to Electronic Cigarettes” The conclusion of this science paper is that when using electronic cigarettes vascular health improves significantly a month after switching from smoking to vaping”

The trial, also called VESUVIUS, was conducted as a reaction to inconsistent views about possible negative vascular effects using electronic cigarettes. Now finally it has been clear that in comparison with tobacco cigarettes there is a significant improvement when vaping electronic cigarettes instead of smoking tobacco cigarettes. Anyone who now still is advocating that electronic cigarettes causes vascular diseases is telling nonsense.

Prof Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London, said: “Switching to vaping removes practically all further cancer risks from continuing smoking, but due to the wave of misinformation, some smokers may have been put off switching to vaping thinking that this does not reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This study is important in correcting this and hopefully encouraging more smokers who cannot or do not want to stop using nicotine to switch to the much less risky alternative.”

Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Senior researcher in Health Behaviours and Managing Editor of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, University of Oxford, said: “Though recently we’ve seen many stories about how electronic cigarettes and nicotine might worsen heart health, those studies focus on very short-term data, and many of them are not conducted in people. This study should provide reassurance as it has studied more people and followed them up for longer than many of the recently reported studies. Its results are in line with statements from numerous public health and medical bodies who agree that vaping is considerably safer than smoking.

Prof John Britton, Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University of Nottingham, said: “This study is a major breakthrough and one from which vapers can take reassurance that substituting smoking with vaping is likely to generate significant health benefits.”

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Greece, Department of Pharmacology, University of Patras, Greece said “Everyone should encourage smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit using approved medications to try e-cigarettes in an effort to quit. Besides the benefits in reducing cancer risk, we now have an important study showing improvement in vascular function in a very short period of time which may be translated to lower risk for cardiovascular disease based on the strong prognostic significance of the markers measured. I wonder what the reaction of the scientific community will be after this study.. It is time for everyone to be more open-minded and look at the evidence away from predisposition and prejudice.”

We can conclude that the myth of e-cigarettes causing negative vascular effects hereby has been debunked!

resources reference: JACC, Science Media Centre Experts reactions, E-cigarette research, Farsalinos