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Vaping study could signal unpleasant future for e-cig users

PEORIA (WEEK) – A local doctor sees a recent study on vaping as a sign of the future.

In his mind, it’s not going to be pleasant for e-cigarette users.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania found even a single use of an e-cig, even with no nicotine, still reduced blood flow from a key artery supplying the thigh and leg.

It also caused inflammation in the arteries.

Despite having only 31 people studied, a cardiologist at OSF sees that finding as a dangerous first step to developing plaque in your arteries.

He calls this the common pathway to a stroke or heart attack.

The question he always gets is whether vaping is safer than smoking.

“The long term effect on lungs, the long term effect on mouth cancers, are remaining to be seen because it’s still a product that has only been used in the past 4 or 5 years,” said Dr. Sudhir Mungee.

Mungee compares this e-cigarette phase to the early 50’s and 60’s in America when smoking was prevalent.

But the dangerous effect on the lungs had not yet been discovered.

Mungee says it’s a matter not if, but when scientists will find a definite link to the serious health effects of vaping.

Jason Howell

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