On Wednesday, the scientific staff of the International Association of Stroke Events of the American Association in Honolulu presented the largest study on the use of e-cigarettes and the risk of stroke.
Scientists looked at data for 66,795 electronic cigarette users and 343,856 non-smokers and found that the use of electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of humans under different conditions.
Specifically, researchers found that using e-cigarettes may increase the risk of heart stroke by 71%, heart attack by 59% and heart disease by 40%.
However, they were not able to accurately determine how many or how many times a person would have to use e-cigarettes to contribute to these risks, said Paul Ndunda, lead author of the study, for INSIDER.
- "This is a preliminary study that requires more extensive longitudinal studies that can identify the causes and consequences," said Ndunda INSIDER.
In spite of the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes, research is far from small. But on Wednesday, researchers at the American Stroke Conference in Honolulu presented the largest study on e-cigarette use and the risk of stroke, which revealed that using these devices to consume tobacco could increase the risk of stroke, as well as heart disease and heart attack.
Researchers used the data from the 2016 Risk Tracking Factor (BRFSS), an annual telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which addresses US health risk factors, chronic conditions and health-related service usage . Specifically, they looked at cases of stroke, heart disease and heart attack in 66,795 e-cigarette users and 343,856 non-smokers. Based on this information, scientists have found the link between the use of e-cigarettes and increased risk for the above-mentioned conditions.
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It was found that the use of e-cigarettes increases the stroke risk by 71%, the heart attack by 59% and the heart disease by 40%. Researchers, however, were unable to determine how much or how often a person should use e-cigarettes to lead to an increased risk because the data file did not include that information.
In addition, as researchers only looked at the results of the survey and not the death records, they were unable to link the use of e-cigarettes to death.
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As has been said, researchers were not able to determine how much and how often a person would have to use electronic cigarettes to increase their risk of these health problems. Similarly, they were unable to conclude that increased risks are directly related to nicotine or play the role of other e-cigarette components, Paul Ndunda, lead author of the study, told INSIDER.
"There is variability in e-cigarettes and the nicotine-supplied dose," he added, adding that "nicotine is not the only thing in these e-cigarettes and different companies make," so their ingredient lists can vary greatly.
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Moreover, as researchers were unable to control all potential contributors to disease, there is no correlation between facilities and specific health risks. Although researchers were able to control factors such as age, gender, diabetes, smoking, and body weight index, Ndunda said they could not control all potential risk factors in the CDC data file, such as access to health care.
"This is a preliminary study that requires more extensive longitudinal studies that can identify the causes and consequences," said Ndunda INSIDER.
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While final research into the links between the use of electronic cigarettes and health risks needs to be done, these results suggest that trending devices can significantly affect human health.
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