E-cigarettes linked to higher risk of stroke, heart attack

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E-cigarettes are associated with higher risk of stroke, heart attack or angina and coronary heart disease

 

E-cigarettes increase your odds of having a stroke, heart attack and coronary heart disease, according to a research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019.

In 2016, 3.2 percent of U.S. adults and 11.3 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the preceding 30 days. Its use among young people increased by 900 percent between 2011 and 2015. India decided to cracks down on e-cigarettes last year when the Centre sent an advisory to states asking them to ensure that e-cigarettes are not sold anywhere including over the internet.

Researchers tapped a database of 400,000 respondents from the 2016 behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS) survey and collected data from residents in all 50 states about their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions and use of preventive services.

The American Heart Association cautions against the use of e-cigarettes, stating that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are tobacco products and the Association also calls for strong new regulations to prevent access, sales and marketing of e-cigarettes

“Compared with non-users, e-cigarette users were younger, had a lower body mass index and a lower rate of diabetes,” said Paul M. Ndunda, M.D., the study’s author and an assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas in Wichita.

Some 66,795 respondents reported ever regularly using e-cigarettes. The control group was the 343,856 respondents who reported having never used e-cigarettes. Researchers found compared with non-users, e-cigarette users had:

  • 71 percent higher risk of stroke;

  • 59 percent higher risk of heart attack or angina;

  • 40 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease; and

  • Double the rate of cigarette smoking.

They also found 4.2 percent of e-cigarette users reported having suffered a stroke. However, the study data did not show deaths attributable to e-cigarette use.

The American Heart Association cautions against the use of e-cigarettes, stating that e-cigarettes containing nicotine are tobacco products and the Association also calls for strong new regulations to prevent access, sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to youth and for more research into the product’s health impact.

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