Children Exposed to Passive Smoking May be at Risk of Lifelong Cardiovascular Consequences

NEW YORK: Children exposed to passive smoking may be at risk of lifelong cardiovascular consequences in addition to respiratory and other health issues, warns an Indian origin researcher.

The high level of toxicity in the smoke that comes from the end of a burning cigarette — side stream smoke — is a major component in passive smoking that damages the children’s blood vessels, the study said.

“Children exposed to cigarette smoke may develop early heart disease as adults due to poorly functioning and stiffer blood vessels,” said pediatric cardiologist Geetha Raghuveer, from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri, US.

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E-Cigarettes Dangerous To Heart Health and Blood Pressure

– New research suggests that using e-cigarettes could be as bad for the heart as smoking tobacco.

Researchers from the University of Athens Medical School found that inhaling nicotine vapour from the electronic devices damages key blood vessels, raising the risk of heart disease.The Greek scientists monitored participants’ hearts while using an e-cigarette for 30 minutes and smoking a conventional cigarette for five minutes, which they said was the most accurate comparison of typical use.They found that the two activities both raised blood pressure and led to similar levels of stiffness in the aorta, the main artery, which is a major cause of heart problems.

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