New York: A recent study published in the journal ‘Preventive Medicine’ has found that vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes, significantly increases the risk of asthma in adolescents who have never smoked traditional tobacco products.
The study, which was conducted on 3,000 adolescents aged 13 to 17 in Texas, with an additional 32,000 adolescents in the United States for comparison, identified a clear association between e-cigarette use and asthma in those who had never used traditional tobacco products.
The study also considered various factors such as gender, age, race, ethnicity, body mass index, and the presence of depression symptoms among the respondents. Data on the use of other substances like conventional cigarettes, alcohol, and illicit drugs were also taken into account.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Taehyun Roh, emphasized the importance of raising awareness about the harmful effects of e-cigarette use and implementing stricter regulations. Additionally, promoting alternative coping mechanisms for mental health issues may help reduce e-cigarette usage among adolescents.