The recent outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping has highlighted the dangers of e-cigarettes. A new study puts the warning in big, red letters.
Often promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking, vaping increases the chances of developing chronic pulmonary diseases like emphysema, asthma and bronchitis by 30%, the report said. And people who smoke both conventional and electronic cigarettes – the majority of vapers 18 and older – more than triple their risk of having respiratory illnesses.
The conclusions come from the first study on the long-term health impacts of vaping on a representative adult population, conducted by the University of California-San Francisco and published Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The analysis tracked 32,000 U.S. adults without any previous signs of lung disease from 2013-16, and it found stronger evidence of the connection between vaping and respiratory ailments than previous studies that looked at a moment in time and couldn’t establish a causal link.