Exposure to Inhaled Nicotine Leads to Pulmonary Hypertension

A new study, conducted by researchers at LSU Health New Orleans, US, finds that chronic exposure to inhaled nicotine leads to hypertension and pulmonary hypertension in particular.exposure to inhaled nicotine leads to hypertension

The scientists used a novel nicotine inhalation model in mice that mimics human smokers and electronic cigarette users to study the effects of chronic nicotine inhalation on the development of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease focusing on blood pressure and cardiac remodeling.

Jason Gardner, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, says: “The current study clearly demonstrates the adverse effects of nicotine on both systemic and pulmonary blood pressure and cardiac remodeling. This study should help raise the awareness of the adverse effects of nicotine inhalation on the cardiopulmonary system and help formulate public health policies on e-cigarettes.”

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