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Survey confirms higher risk of stroke for e-cigarette users

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With the millennial generation moving towards the use of e-cigarettes, there is a huge risk of heart diseases moving in. This study conducted by researchers shall be presented on 6th February at International Stroke Conference by American Stroke Association held at Honolulu. Concerns around health concerns from e-cigarette use actually started using a lot in recent years. This has been fuelled by the surge in popularity as well as the wrong belief that e-cigarettes are actually safer than normal cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are commonly being used by the students at high school level that has increased almost 900 percent from the year 2011 to 2015. In the year 2018, 3.6 million+ young people were noted to be addicted to the use of e-cigarettes in the U.S. which included one from every 5 students in high school. The author of the study, Dr. Paul Ndunda, who is also an Assistant Professor for University of Kansas’ School of Medicine located at Wichita, mentioned that the youth today is blinded by the notion that these e-cigarettes are actually harmless. However, with recent studies conducted over the same, it has been proved that they might be less harmful when compared to normal cigarettes but they surely have their own set of risks.

The researchers taking a look over the use of e-cigarettes collected the data from a phone survey named Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System that was sponsored by various federal agencies that include CDC as well. This survey included people living in all the 50 states while asking about the risky behaviours related to health such as smoking or any recent diagnosis with health problems.

From the 400,000+ respondents that participated in this survey in 2016, about 66,795 had reported having used these e-cigarettes a minimum of once. This, when compared to the non-users, stated that the users were vulnerable to a 71 percent increased the risk of heart stroke, followed by 59 percent enhanced risk from a heart attack, and so on.

Ndunda mentioned that nature of analysis of the study didn’t facilitate research team for accurately calculating absolute heart attack risk & stroke from the database. Now, this isn’t to say that the e-cigarette users do not smoke conventional cigarettes. This can vastly affect the way these e-cigarettes deteriorate the health. Dual users might face harsher consequences from the use of these two addictives especially with an enhanced build up of the fatty deposits inside the arteries.

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