Is vaping better than smoking for cardiorespiratory and muscle function?

  • Mohammad Z. Darabseh | darabseh.moh@gmail.com School of Healthcare Science to Department of Life Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0535-0195
  • James Selfe Department of Health Professions,, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Christopher I. Morse Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Hans Degens Department of Life Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-4841

Abstract

Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for respiratory disorders, cardiovascular diseases and even decrements in muscle function. Electronic cigarette use (vaping) is considered a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking and may help in smoking cessation. However, the effects of vaping are not clear yet and particularly the long-term effects of vaping are largely unknown. Some reports suggest that vaping maybe as harmful for e.g. respiratory function, as cigarette smoking. In this narrative review the effects of vaping and cigarette smoking on respiratory, cardiovascular and muscle function are compared. Overall, vaping has been found to cause similar effects as smoking on lung function and cardiovascular function. Future studies are needed to clarify the severity of smoking- and vaping-induced decrements on muscle function.

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2020-07-03
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Keywords:
Vaping, electronic cigarette, cardiorespiratory, lung function, smoking, muscle function
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Darabseh, M. Z., Selfe, J., Morse, C. I., & Degens, H. (2020). Is vaping better than smoking for cardiorespiratory and muscle function?. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, 15. https://doi.org/10.4081/mrm.2020.674