E-cigarette users face 15% higher risk of stroke at a younger age than traditional smokers
November 08, 2021
New research finds that although stroke was more prevalent among traditional cigarette smokers, e-cigarette smokers had a 15% higher risk of having a stroke at a younger age.
To be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2021, this research was done by examining the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2015 to 2018 to identify 79,825 adults with a history of stroke who used traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes.
The study's co-lead author, Urvish K. Patel, M.D., M.P.H., urges the public on education and awareness of e-cigarette use, saying: "The public needs to know that the safety of e-cigarettes have not been proved to be safe and should not be considered as an alternative to traditional smoking especially among people with existing risk factors such as history of heart attack, high blood pressure and high cholesterol,".