Science always finds a way to shut down any belief that what you’re doing can possibly be healthy; this time the target is vaping. 

Oh e-cigarettes, the smoking method loved and hated with equal fervor has been found to be more detrimental to your health than your neighborhood hipsters would want you to believe.

A study presented at the European Society for Cardiology congress showed that a typical vaping session—which experts defined as a 30 minute session—had the same negative cardiovascular effects as a regular cigarette smoking session.

More specifically, experts found that vaping caused the aorta, the heart’s main artery, to stiffen at an equal rate as smoking cigarettes. Charlambos Vlachopolous, lead researcher at the University of Athens Medical School told the UK’s Telegraph: “We measured aortic stiffness. If the aorta is stiff you multiply your risk of dying, either from heart diseases or from other causes.”

So equally bad as cigarettes for your heart … why should anyone vape then? Is it still healthier than cigarettes?

Unregulated equals unanswered questions

The short answer would be No, because as most of you know, e-cigarettes users still inhale some of the same chemicals found in a cigarette which is just plain horrible for your health, whether you’re getting it from vaping, a normal cigarette or second-hand smoke.

On the other side, one study found that the level of toxicants/ carcinogens in e-cigarettes were 9–450 times lower than in cigarette smoke. Some users have also claimed that vaping helps them quit smoking—a theory that hasn’t been scientifically proven.

Vaping might seem to be a bit healthier than smoking but it’s such a new technology that we just don’t have any answers as to whether they are better than cigarettes.

The main problem with e-cigs is that expert research and regulation hasn’t caught up with its popular adoption. As the American Heart Association puts it: “In general, the health effects of e-cigarettes have not been well studied, and the potential harm incurred by long-term use of these devices remains completely unknown.”

I wouldn’t recommend using anything with “completely unknown” side effects, but that’s me.