Nicotine can cause hypertension and it’s in electronic cigarettes too!
You’re sitting in a restaurant and someone next to you lights up a cigarette. As you’re about to open your mouth and point a disapproving finger at the no-smoking sign above your heads, you realize it’s an electronic cigarette.
E-cigarettes, or ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems), are those battery powered devices that turn liquid nicotine into a vapour that can easily be inhaled. Most ENDS look like conventional cigarettes and some even look like pens and USB memory sticks for those who want to smoke incognito. There are already millions of electronic cigarette users and they even have their own moniker ―‘vapors.’
ENDS provide a nicotine hit without the chemicals, tar and smell of tobacco smoke. Therefore, they are widely believed to be a safer option. Many vapors are using the devices to kick or reduce their smoking habit. Smokers with hypertension know that they should quit and might turn to e-cigarettes. However, it’s the nicotine that causes the blood vessels to constrict, making the heart work overtime to pump blood around the body. This effort causes the blood pressure to rise. Nicotine is also the compound responsible for the addictive nature of tobacco use.
There are also questions surrounding the safety of ENDs, their chemical content, and the lack of scientific study. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also warning countries to regulate use, because their pure nicotine content could “constrict the blood vessels” and might cause hypertension, heart attacks and strokes. In 2010, a global panel of WHO experts also found no evidence to show that e-cigarettes can help you quit smoking.
The bottom line is that whether people with high blood pressure smoke tobacco or electronic cigarettes, the danger is in the nicotine and its delivery by inhalation straight to the lungs. For this reason, smoking is one of the first things doctors advise against when patients are diagnosed with high blood pressure.
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