E-cigarettes and Teens’ LungsApril 4, 2017 at 1:37 pm
By Jadwiga A. Wedzicha, MD, editor, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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Even if e-cigarettes do not lead teenagers to become tobacco smokers, researchers say e-cigarettes may harm their health. In their April 1 American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine study, Rob McConnell and colleagues report an association between e-cigarette use and persistent cough, bronchitis, and congestion or phlegm. They analyzed responses to a 2014 questionnaire completed by 2,086 teenagers participating in the Southern California Children’s Health Study. The researchers found that compared to those who never tried an e-cigarette, teenagers who smoked an e-cigarette within the past 30 days were 85 percent more likely to report respiratory symptoms; current e-cigarettes users doubled their risk of respiratory symptoms.