According to a recent report by Alraimedia, a new study conducted by Texas A&M University’s School of Public Health has found that e-cigarettes may increase the risk of asthma among teenagers who have never smoked traditional tobacco products.
This study utilized data collected from 2015 to 2019, including data from over 3,000 adolescents aged 13 to 17 from Texas, as well as data from over 32,000 adolescents nationwide, for the purpose of comparison.
The survey inquired whether participants have ever used e-cigarettes, the quantity of traditional cigarettes smoked in the past 30 days, and their history of asthma. The study encompassed participants’ gender, age, and ethnicity, and the analysis also included data on the use of other substances such as traditional cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
A new study has found a correlation between the use of e-cigarettes by adolescents who have never smoked traditional tobacco products and asthma. This suggests that e-cigarettes may increase the risk of asthma among young people, regardless of whether they use traditional tobacco products or not.
Researchers have also found evidence indicating a connection between the use of e-cigarettes and certain demographic factors, substance use behaviors, and symptoms of depression. Adolescents who engage in traditional cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and other substance use are more likely to also use e-cigarettes. This trend is especially prevalent among individuals who suffer from depression.
Dr. Taehyun Roh, the leading author of the study, stated, “Increasing awareness of the harmful effects of e-cigarette usage and implementing stricter guidelines are crucial in reducing the use of e-cigarettes.
This study warns that the widespread use of e-cigarettes, especially among adolescents who have not previously smoked traditional cigarettes, may pose unexpected health risks. This finding serves as a reminder that e-cigarettes are not a harmless alternative and underscores the need for further monitoring and research on their potential health impacts.