VAPING damages the heart, lungs and blood vessels just like cigarettes, says a study.
Researchers found that e-cigs harden the arteries, one of the main causes of heart disease.
And along with shisha pipes, they cause inflammation and DNA damage which fuels cancer and other fatal illnesses. They also lower resistance to Covid-19, say scientists at Germany’s Mainz University Medical Centre.
Theirs is the first study to compare three types of smoking and they found that all hurt vital organs.
The German team urged smokers to try to give up the habit – regardless of which method they prefer.
Prof Thomas Munzel says the “misconception” that e-cigs and shisha pipes are less harmful has made them appealing.
Countless “appealing” flavours and the lack of regulations make them an attractive gateway drug for adults and adolescents who have not previously smoked.
There are now more than 3.6 million vapers in the UK. An estimated fifth of young people have smoked hookah pipes.
Prof Munzel said: “Water pipe smoking is not less harmful than tobacco smoking and thus cannot be considered a healthy alternative.”
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