‘Smok­ing tra­di­tional, e-ci­garettes may in­crease risk of stroke’

The Punch - - HEALTHWISE -

Ateam of sci­en­tists at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity, Fair­fax, United States of Amer­ica, has un­cov­ered that elec­tronic ci­garettes may in­crease the stoke of hav­ing a stroke.

Ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal­new­sto­day.com, the study iden­ti­fied that young adults who smoked both tra­di­tional and e-ci­garettes were al­most twice as likely to have a stroke com­pared with con­ven­tional ci­garette smok­ers.

The study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Pre­ven­tive Medicine re­lied on self-re­ported data.

“This risk rose to al­most three times as likely when com­pared with non-smok­ers. The re­sults of the study also showed there was no clear ad­van­tage to switch­ing from tra­di­tional ci­garettes to e-ci­garettes.

“how­ever, peo­ple us­ing e-ci­garettes who had never smoked be­fore did not dis­play an in­creased stroke risk. This may be down to fac­tors in­clud­ing young age and nor­mal heart health.

“Our find­ings prove the need for large-scale and longterm stud­ies to con­firm which detri­men­tal health ef­fects that e-ci­garettes are caus­ing and which in­gre­di­ents are re­spon­si­ble. This is an im­por­tant mes­sage for young smok­ers who per­ceive e-ci­garettes as less harm­ful and con­sider them a safer al­ter­na­tive,” the re­searchers wrote.

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