Teens and Adults Using E-Cigarettes at Higher Risk of Developing Asthma, Poor Mental Health

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.

Although the debate over how harmful vaping is for human health rages on, more and more studies continue to suggest e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to smoking tobacco. Now, a new study finds children and adults who take up the habit significantly increase their odds of developing asthma.

Researchers from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto say vapers over the age of 12 not only had a higher risk of suffering an asthma attack but also displayed more stress and poorer mental health. The findings come from a review of the 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Study authors discovered only three percent of the participants reported using e-cigarettes within the previous 30 days before the survey; that’s about one in 32 people studied in the report. Among that small group, one in eight e-cigarette users had asthma. Moreover, the study finds those with asthma have a 24-percent higher likelihood of having an asthma attack within one year. Researchers note nearly half of e-cigarette users also reported smoking traditional cigarettes regularly.

Researchers looked at the health and behavioral habits of over 17,000 people 12 years and older in the CCHS. After accounting for various factors which could affect the results, the study concludes e-cigarette users face a 19-percent greater chance of developing asthma.

Current smokers raised their odds by 20 percent, while former smokers actually increased their chances of having asthma by 33 percent. Researchers discovered those who never smoke or have not used e-cigarettes had no significant link to asthma.

Unfortunately, respiratory trouble is not the only problem study authors uncovered among vapers.

“Interestingly, our study found a significantly higher proportion of those who used e-cigarettes reported fair to poor mental health (15 percent) compared to those who did not vape (7 percent),” Dr. To reports.

“In addition, those who used e-cigarettes had 60 percent higher odds of self-reported high levels of life stress compared to those who did not. While vaping may not cause stress, it appears that vape cravings may be triggered by stress and anxiety, making it harder for the e-cigarette user to quit. This may be particularly relevant during the pandemic when stress and anxiety are highly prevalent.”

Source: StudyFinds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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