Are e-cigarettes less harmful to your heart than regular cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are relatively new, and not very much is known about how harmful they are to your heart. E-cigarettes are often advertised as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes.  E-cigarettes are currently not regulated, and therefore, we do not know what chemicals or toxins may be present. Due to this, many medical societies recommend caution with use of e-cigarettes until more is known about their safety.
Ashesh B. Parikh, DO
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
E-cigarettes are mostly just a bridge to help you quit smoking. The nicotine level is not as high as a regular cigarette, and for patients who are very, very heavy cigarette users, like two packs a day, we might recommend the switch to an e-cigarette to eventually wean them off completely. But no cigarette is safe, and an e-cigarette is not any safer for your overall health.

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many lifelong benefits of doing so, like increased lung function and decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Understanding the importance of quitting smoking and all options available to help stop smoking is key to long-term success.

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