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Vaping Causes Addiction And Health Issues, Major Study Finds

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Vaping Causes Addiction And Health Issues, Major Study Finds

A global systematic review has warned of the health implications for people who vape as well as the ‘new generation’ of e-cigarette users.

Researchers at the Australian National University concluded that vape users run the risk of developing numerous health problems rooted in ‘acute lung injury’.

The review reads: “Among smokers, there is moderate evidence that e-cigarettes increase heart rate, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure and arterial stiffness acutely after use.”

The report also said that vaping could lead to poisoning, addiction, seizures and burns.

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Lead author of the research, ANU's Emily Banks, said the review provides evidence of the effects of using nicotine and non-nicotine e-cigarettes, as the risks have previously been relatively unknown.

She said in the report: “The evidence is there for some of the risks, but for most major health outcomes, like cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental illness, we don’t know what the impacts of e-cigarettes are.

“Their safety for these outcomes hasn’t been established.”

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Banks said that many young people vaping are also in danger of developing a smoking habit.

"Nicotine is a key ingredient and one of the most addictive substances known," she said.

"Young non-smokers who vape are around three times as likely to take up smoking than non-vapers."

But don’t be fooled by the fruity, confectionary packaging of vapes.

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Banks said that although they appear less harmful than nicotine cigarettes, the health damage inflicted is just as concerning.

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Credit: Alamy

"Young people are being sold a lie that e-cigarettes are just harmless water vapour," she said.

"They are not harmless water vapour. They contain a lot of chemicals and there's evidence that they're harmful to health."

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Data from the 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey also revealed that 11 per cent of Australians aged 14 and over had used e-cigarettes at least once, with 2 per cent of people vaping currently. 

The survey also found that 5 per cent of people aged 18-24 had also used e-cigarettes at least once.

The Cancer Council’s Public Health Committee Chair Anita Dessaix said the recent review published was the most insightful look into the health impacts of e-cigarettes yet.

“Every week we’re hearing growing community concern about e-cigarettes in schools, the health harms and the risks of smoking uptake among young people,” Dessaix said.

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“A public health crisis is rapidly unfolding before our eyes."

She added: “These findings send a clear message to all governments: act now.”

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Topics: News, Science, Health, Australia

Charisa Bossinakis
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