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Smoking e-cigarettes creates risk of lung disease

Although less harmful than tobacco, e-cigarettes can still be potential disease generators.

It’s a fact: smoking e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking tobacco. However, it is still harmful.

According to a Boston University study, vaping can increase the risk of respiratory diseases by more than 40%.

The research was published by the JAMA Network Open, and is cited by the portal EurekAlert.

The scientists used data on 21,618 healthy adult participants between 2013 and 2018, taken by the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health. This is the most comprehensive survey about tobacco and the electronic cigarette.

People who used e-cigarettes in the past were 21% more likely to develop a respiratory illness. And those who were current smokers had a 43% higher risk, due to vaping.

The voice of scientists who analyze the risks of e-cigarettes

« We have seen a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among youth and young adults. » These are the words of Andrew Stokes, assistant professor of global health at Boston University.

« This threatens to reverse decades of achievement, » stressed Professor Stokes. « We can see an increase in respiratory diseases as youth and young adults age. »

Respiratory diseases from vaping include asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Vaping consists of inhaling the vapor emanating from an electronic cigarette. These are battery-operated devices that have cartridges filled with nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals.

« The study adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates the risks of electronic cigarettes to the respiratory system, » says Wubin Xie, another of the study authors.