Nicotine vaping might not be as healthy was first thought

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Updated 11 September 2017

Nicotine vaping might not be as healthy was first thought

DUBAI: A new report has warned that e-cigarettes containing nicotine might be more harmful to people’s health than first thought, potentially putting vapers at an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The study said the devices with the stimulant could cause a stiffening of the arteries, increased heart rate as well as blood pressure.

The scientists – based in Sweden – used 15 healthy volunteers who had never previously used e-cigarettes.

After using the devices for 30 minutes with nicotine the scientists found that there had been a significant increase in blood pressure, heart rate and arterial stiffness among the case studies. But those using the devices without nicotine did not suffer the same effects.

Dr. Magnus Lundback, of the Danderyd University Hospital, Karolinska Institute, said there had been a dramatic increase in the number of e-cigarette users.

“E-cigarettes are regarded by the general public as almost harmless… The e-cigarette industry markets their product as a way to reduce harm and to help people to stop smoking tobacco cigarettes. However, the safety of e-cigarettes is debated, and a growing body of evidence is suggesting several adverse health effects,” Lundback said.

He said that while the results were only preliminary, the stiffening of arteries “increased around three-fold” in those using the devices with nicotine compared to those who were not exposed to nicotine.

Lundback said while effects were temporary, chronic expose could cause permanent arterial stiffening.

Ful — the dish of choice for iftar and suhoor in Madinah

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Ful — the dish of choice for iftar and suhoor in Madinah

LONDON: Ful, a dish made of cooked fava beans, is proving to be the dish of choice for fasting Muslims during Ramadan in the Saudi Arabian city of Madinah.
The dish, which is an everyday food across the Arab World, is one of the most popular dishes served in Madinah at Iftar, the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset, and suhoor, the pre-dawn meal.
Ful’s popularity stems from its excellent nutritional value, delicious taste, attractive aroma, and the fact that it is considered to be a very filling food rich in protein.
Iftar in Madinah is not complete without ful and the city’s ful vendors are extremely busy just before sunset with people wanting to buy the freshly prepared dish.
There are two ways of preparing ful in Madinah, one is made of hand-crushed fava beans and the other is prepared with the whole bean.
The preparation of ful varies from region to region in the Arab world. Lebanese foul overflows with the flavours of lemon, olive oil and garlic whilst Egyptian ful is made with olive oil, parsley, cumin and tahini.