This is an interesting paper about the use of e-cigarettes and the risk of respiratory illnesses. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the chemicals are harmful eventually. Hence, it only represents a paper for the policy-makers because it involves many statistical gymnastics.
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Among people who did not report respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or asthma) at Wave 1, the longitudinal analysis revealed statistically significant associations between former e-cigarette use (AOR=1.31, 95% CI=1.07, 1.60) and current e-cigarette use (AOR=1.29, 95% CI=1.03, 1.61) at Wave 1 and having incident respiratory disease at Waves 2 or 3, controlling for combustible tobacco smoking, demographic, and clinical variables. Current combustible tobacco smoking (AOR=2.56, 95% CI=1.92, 3.41) was also significantly associated with having respiratory disease at Waves 2 or 3. Odds of developing respiratory disease for a current dual user (e-cigarette and all combustible tobacco) were 3.30 compared with a never smoker who never used e-cigarettes. Analysis controlling for cigarette smoking alone yielded similar results.
Conclusions: Use of e-cigarettes is an independent risk factor for respiratory disease in addition to combustible tobacco smoking. Dual use, the most common use pattern, is riskier than using either product alone.Association of E-Cigarette Use With Respiratory Disease Among Adults: A Longitudinal Analysis – American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Outright “banning” isn’t the solution because it would only fuel (and perpetuate) the risks that we saw in the prohibition era of 1930.
I am more concerned about the increased risk of cancer.