Washington — People who use e-cigarettes are more likely to have heart problems than those who don’t, says a study released on Thursday in the US. The rate of heart attacks among those who vape was 34% higher than among those who don’t, once corrections were made for risk factors such as age, gender, body mass index, cholesterol level, blood pressure and tobacco use. E-cigarette users were 25% more likely to have coronary artery disease and 55% more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety, the study says. “Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use,” said Mohinder Vindhyal, assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the study’s lead author. “These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.” The report does not, however, identify a cause and effect relationship for this observation. Studies of people who vape are relatively new because the dev...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now