E-cigarettes have long been marketed as a tobacco alternative and a help for those who are trying to kick the butt, but it turns out that vaping could put you at a higher risk of stroke than tobacco smoking.
According to a new study by researchers at Texas Tech University, US, e-cigarettes have worse stroke outcome and neurological deficits than tobacco based cigarettes. For their study researchers exposed mice to e-cigarette vapour for 10 days and 30 days. They found vaping to be a worse agent for neurological deficits than tobacco smoke.
Researchers also found that e-cigarette exposure decreased glucose uptake in the brain. Glucose is responsible for fueling brain activity and reduced uptake of glucose in the brain means there is all the possibility that there could be adverse consequences.
Both e-ciggarettes and tobacco smoke exposure for 30 days decreased Thrombomodulin (anti-coagulant) levels.
“From a brain health perspective, electronic-cigarette vaping is not safer than tobacco smoking and may pose a similar, if not higher risk for stroke severity,” researchers said.
Use of e-cigarettes is a growing health concern in both smoking and nonsmoking populations.
Researchers said rigorous studies are needed to find the effects of the nicotine exposure via e-cigarettes on brain and stroke outcome.