The electronic cigarette was introduced as a solution to quit smoking, as practical and effective as patches or nicotine gum, with the addition that it was very safe and harmless. However, it appears that it is neither safe nor safe: the likelihood of having a stroke, heart attack and / or coronary heart disease, according to an investigation (the largest ever conducted to examine this problem) International Stroke Stroke Conference of the American Stroke Association, a global event for researchers to be held from today to February 8 in Hawaii (USA).
In 2016, 3.2% of adults in the US and 11.3% of secondary students (among whom use increased by 900% between 2011 and 2015) admitted to using electronic cigarettes in 30 days prior to a national survey. The researchers worked with data from 400,000 people who responded to the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, which compiled information on health-related risk behaviors of residents in all 50 states.
Results and warnings
"Compared with non-users, users of electronic cigarettes were younger, had a lower body mass index and a lower diabetes rate," he explained. Paul M. Ndunda, professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In contrast to the control group (343,856 respondents who reported never having used electronic cigarettes), 66,795 respondents reported using it regularly. The researchers found that users were 71% more at risk for stroke; 59% more heart attack or angina; 40% more coronary heart disease, as well as double the smoking rate.
The American Heart Association warns that what they contain are tobacco products that must be subject to the laws that apply to these products. It also calls for new regulations to prevent their access and sale to young people, and further research on the impact on the health of the product.