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Vaping is good for the heart, but a single cigarette has adverse effects

A recent vaping study out of Greece claims that electronic cigarettes can quickly improve heart functions in smokers while even a single cigarette has immediate, negative health consequences.  In fact, the study even allows the participating volunteers to vape for a full seven minutes, and still the data shows significant improvements in myocardial functions.

The study was led by the world-renowned Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center.  In the interest of full disclosure, this top-notch heart doc is also a vocal supporter of vaping as a safe and effective smoking cessation tool.  His research is legendary, often cited to debunk many of the most bizarre theories ever put forth into the WebSphere by anti-tobacco lobbyists. 


Dr. Farsalinos has also been interviewed by the highly regarded Brent Stafford of Regulator Watch numerous times, often pointing out glaring discrepancies in scientific protocols of other anti-vaping research studies.  One of his more recent publications claiming that vaping provides immediate health benefits to the cardiovascular systems of smokers is published in the online medical journal BMC Cardiovascular Disorders.  The study has a rather long title - Acute effects of using an electronic nicotine-delivery device (electronic cigarette) on myocardial function: comparison with the effects of regular cigarettes.  But it is readily available for the world to see. 

Overview of the Farsalinos vaping study

Together with his team of fellow scientific experts, Dr. Farsalinos gathered a group of 81 volunteers to participate in the study.  Only 76 participants made it all the way through to the end, which required regular meetings with the research team to evaluate and monitor multiple functions of the heart.  Measurements were taken both before and after the participants either smoked or vaped, depending on the specific parameters of their assigned control group which include the following.

  • 81 participants were chosen.
  • 76 participants completed the study.
  • 40 were vapers.
  • 36 were smokers
  • Average age of the vapers was 36.
  • Average age of the vapers was 35.
  • 68 out of 76 participants were men, with 4 women each in the smoking and vaping groups.
  • Vaping group consisted of former-smokers only.
  • Smokers were sent to one laboratory. Vapers to another to avoid possible cross-contamination.
  • All smoking and vaping paraphernalia remained consistent for each participant.
  • Vapers vaped 7ml nicotine concentrations of e-liquid.
  • Measurable myocardial functions include the below for each group of participants, both before and after either smoking or vaping.
    • IVRT corrected to heart rate (IVRTc)
    • Isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT)
    • Left ventricle (LV) Diameter and mass index
    • Standing Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
    • Diastolic and Systolic BP
    • Triglyceride, Glucose, and Cholesterol levels
    • Myocardial performance index
    • And many others

According to the published conclusions, the vaping participants showed so significantly measurable changes in the numerous heart functions monitored.  Meanwhile, each of the smokers experienced noteworthy changes in multiple categories.  Check out the full report for the detailed specifics. 

"This is the first study to examine the acute effects of electronic cigarette use on myocardial function. No adverse effects on LV [left ventricular] myocardial function were observed after using electronic cigarette with nicotine-containing liquid for 7 minutes. On the contrary, significant changes in diastolic function parameters were found after smoking 1 tobacco cigarette."

"This study provides the first clinical evidence that electronic cigarettes have less acute adverse effects on myocardial function when compared to tobacco cigarettes."

As recently as August 14, 2017, The Daily Mail ran an article claiming the direct opposite point of view as compared to the Farsalinos research.  Entitled E-cigarettes are as dangerous as smoking - just ONE puff could be all it takes to increase the risk of a heart attack, the article gave no discernable scientific evidence to support the outlandish headline.  Thanks to vaping advocates like Dr. Farsalinos, the vaping community has a dedicated group of wonderful watchdogs who regularly disprove these sorts of alternative facts and junk science.    


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