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Vapers are 30 per cent more likely to develop lung disease: Study

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Researchers followed 32,000 lung-disease-free subjects between 2013 and 2016; those that used e-cigarettes were 30 per cent more likely to develop chronic diseases like asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compared to people who never smoked or vaped. People who smoked cigarettes and vaped were 3.3 times more likely to develop lung illnesses compared to non-smokers, according to the study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine(The Logic)

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Talking point: This is one of the first studies to show the impacts of vaping over time. The products have been billed as less harmful alternative to cigarette smoking, and while the study substantiates that claim, it nonetheless sheds new light on the significant health risks associated with vaping. It raises two main concerns: people who both smoke tobacco and e-cigarettes—the most common “use pattern,” according to the study—are at a far higher risk than those who do one or the other. The study also confirms fears that non-smokers are developing illnesses they would likely have avoided had they not picked up vaping. The study lands as regulators in Canada and the U.S. consider ways to stymie the growing youth vaping craze. Earlier this month, Nova Scotia became the first province to ban flavoured vape products, which tend to appeal most to young people and non-smokers; those rules will be effective starting April 1, 2020.