Vaping Not Worth Potential Heart Risk, Researchers Say

A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland Maine on Aug 28

A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland Maine on Aug 28

E-cigarettes promoted as a way to quit smoking could pose a serious heart risk, a study warns.

Senior author Loren Wold, director of biomedical research at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, said: "Many people think these products are safe, but there is more and more reason to worry about their effects on heart health". Almost 1 million youth reported vaping daily, while 1.6 million said they vaped "frequently" on 20 or more days per month.

The Governor's office cites figures from the Department of Health indicating close to 40 percent of 12 grade students and 27 percent of high school students in New York State now use e-cigarettes, with the number of high schoolers using the products 160 percent higher in 2018 than it was in 2014. Those age increases have been imposed in an effort to cut into teen vaping.

As part of their respective ballot initiatives, Crested Butte, Vail, New Castle and Glenwood Springs will impose a tax between $3 and $4 per pack of cigarettes, and a 40 percent tax on nicotine products other than cigarettes.

Among the 12,421 survey respondents, prior to adjusting for shared risk factors, those who had ever used an e-cigarette were approximately 17 times more likely ever to have smoked a conventional cigarette and 36 times more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes now.

High school use in 2018 (27.4%) is 160 percent higher than it was in 2014 (10.5%). This includes about one in 17 high schoolers nationwide.

The administration also began more retail inspections, thus limiting sales to minors, and ramped up its awareness campaigns in schools and surveillance of e-liquid marketing, according to the FDA. The e-cigarette giant Juul stopped selling some of its flavors last month.

"Kids report they use mint, and other flavors like mango, bubble gum, tutti frutti, unicorn milk - pretty remarkable - and that they don't care for menthol", Conway said Wednesday, adding that menthol tastes like tobacco. Of those, mint was by far the most popular.

The company did not respond to a request for comment on the results of the JAMA study. It also did not ask specifically aboutvaping THC, a chemical found in marijuana.

Showcasing alarming levels of youth e-cigarette use, could the unsafe bond between e-cigarettes and education become an everlasting trend?

Among current exclusive e-cigarette users, an estimated 72.2 percent of high school students and 59.2 percent of middle school students used flavoured e-cigarettes with fruit, menthol/mint, candy, desserts and other sweets being the most commonly reported flavours.

And on the education front, it was recently reported that three United States school districts filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, "Accusing it of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction", notes The New York Times.

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