Study links e-cigarettes to increased health risks

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Some preliminary new research presented at an American Heart Association conference last week shows a link between e-cigarettes and the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine found that e-cigarette users had a 71 percent higher risk of stroke, 59 percent higher risk of heart attack and a 40 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who did not vape.

Dr. Eugene Yang, a cardiologist with UW Medicine, who did not work on this study, says these results should be a wake-up call.

"We need to be very cautious and careful about using e-cigarettes and while we have been promoting them as an alternative to combustible cigarettes or as an alternative way of trying to quit smoking, this study really highlights the fact that they may be more dangerous that what we thought,” Yang said.

While vaping doesn't have many of the dangerous chemicals found in tobacco smoke, it's the nicotine, Dr. Yang says, that hurts the cardiovascular system.

His advice: Try some other way to quit smoking before you reach for that e-cigarette.

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