"It is crucial to emphasize that e-cigarettes are not safe, just less harmful than tobacco cigarettes when it comes to vascular health", George said.
Non-smokers should never take up vaping, despite their being heart benefits for those who switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes, scientists have warned, following the most comprehensive study to date.
Public health officials have reiterated that regulated e-cigarettes carry a "fraction" of the risk of smoking, after a series of reports highlighting potential dangers.
The DOH has been pushing for a total ban on e-cigarettes, saying there is still not enough hard evidence to support the health claims of the e-cigarette industry that vapes do not cause harmful effects on the human health.
An adjunct professor in the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, Sweanor has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce cigarette smoking in Canada and around the world, for the last 30 years. One group stuck to tobacco cigarettes, the second switched to e-cigarettes with nicotine, and the third switched to e-cigarettes without nicotine.
A two-year trial hosted by the University's School of Medicine found that smokers who switched to e-cigarettes demonstrated a significant improvement in their vascular health within four weeks, with women experiencing greater gains by switching than men. If someone needs help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contact your doctor or other medical provider or call the Missouri Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
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Since their debut in 2004, electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes have steadily grown in popularity.
The researchers say that if the improvements were sustained over a long time, smokers switching to vaping could expect to see at least a 13 per cent drop in their risk of having a cardiovascular event, which includes heart attacks and strokes.
Until their investigation is complete, the CDC is encouraging people to avoid vaping any THC products.
What seems to be equally problematic, according to the reviews, is the marketing of e-cigarettes.
"The cities with the highest and most restrictive smoking bans are the ones with the lowest smoking rates", she said.
"This study suggests that vaping may be less harmful to your blood vessels than smoking cigarettes". This means that vaping products were classified as "health or consumer products", directly placing them under the FDA jurisdiction.
The increase in young people using e-cigarettes in 2018 preceded the spike of vaping-related illnesses.