A worrying study has found that vapes do increase the chances of heart failure.

Researchers found that those who use e-cigarettes are a fifth more likely to develop heart failure.

Participants who used e-cigarettes (or vapes) containing nicotine at any point in their lives had a 19% higher chance of developing heart failure compared to those who never used vapes, according to a new study published Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology.

“More and more studies are linking e-cigarettes to harmful effects and finding that it might not be as safe as previously thought,” Yakubu Bene-Alhasan, the study’s lead author and a resident physician at MedStar Health in Baltimore, said in a statement.

“We don’t want to wait too long to find out eventually that it might be harmful, and by that time a lot of harm might already have been done.”

Are disposable vapes being banned?

Yes, the sale and supply of disposable vapes is being banned in England, Scotland and Wales because of their appeal to young people. Northern Ireland will also consider introducing this in future.

When will the disposable vape ban begin?

The government say they will aim to bring in legislation to ban disposable vapes as soon as possible.

Any legislation will allow for a buffer period of at least 6 months, to allow businesses to adapt.

What are e-cigarettes and how do they work?

According to the NHS, an e-cigarette is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke.

E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco and do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke.

They work by heating a liquid (called an e-liquid) that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and flavourings.

Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping.

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Will vaping help me stop smoking?

Many thousands of people in the UK have already stopped smoking with the help of an e-cigarette. There's evidence that they can be effective.

A 2021 review found people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking, as well as having expert face-to-face support, can be up to twice as likely to succeed as people who used other nicotine replacement products, such as patches or gum.

Using an e-cigarette can help you manage your nicotine cravings. To get the best out of it, make sure you're using it as much as you need to and with the right strength of nicotine in your e-liquid.

You will not get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely.