A new study claims people who vape and smoke standard cigarettes are more likely to suffer from a stroke than those who only smoke a regular cigarette. Smoking these two kinds of cigarettes together could be putting your health at serious risk, researchers warn.
For the study, George Mason University researchers reviewed data from the Behaviour Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual health survey carried in the US from 2016 to 2017.They analysed 160,000 responses on cigarette and e-cigarette use from participants between the ages of 18 and 44. Most of the people in the group were male.
Results of the study revealed the adjusted odds ratios [AORs] of a cerebrovascular event was 1.59 in current smokers. Meanwhile, that number increased to 2.54 in those who vape. The team also found AOR jumped to 2.91 in those who have the habit of vaping and smoking cigarettes. The study's findings were originally published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
"It's long been known that smoking cigarettes is among the most significant risk factors for stroke,” study’s lead author Dr Tarang Parekh told a news portal. Adding, "[Now] our study shows that young smokers who also use e-cigarettes put themselves at an even greater risk. This is an important message for young smokers who perceive e-cigarettes as less harmful and consider them a safer alternative."
Parekh further explained:"We have begun understanding the health impact of e-cigarettes and concomitant cigarette smoking, and it's not good."
Another study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, revealed vaping even for a little while can increases inflammation in those that do not smoke. "The implication of this study is that longer term use, increased daily use and the addition of flavours and nicotine may promote additional inflammation," Peter Shields, senior author of the study and deputy director of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, told a news portal.
Adding, "The general perception among the public is that e-cigs are 'safer' than cigarettes. The reality is the industry is changing so fast -- and with minimal regulation -- that usage is outpacing the rate of our scientific understanding. It's becoming a public health crisis we should all take very seriously from a general pulmonary health, cancer risk and addiction perspective. E-cigs may be safer than smoking, but that is not the same as safe, and we need to know how unsafe they are."
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