A study released Thursday has linked e-cigarette use to increase risk of heart attacks and other potential heart problems.
According to Medical Xpress, a recent study has found that the rate of heart attack among individual who use electronic cigarettes is 34 percent higher compared to those individuals who did not use e-cigarettes. Users were also 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression and 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease.
The study does not identify a cause and effect relationship for the observation.
Compared to 2017, use of e-cigarettes rose 78% among teens in 2018. They do not pose the same cancer causing chemicals as cigarettes, but experts are focusing on potential adverse effects related to the heating of nicotine cartridges.
The regulatory situation related to e-cigarettes varies by jurisdiction and is rapidly changing. On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule that brought e-cigarettes under the FDA’s tobacco product authority. With this, the FDA now regulates the manufacture, import, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of e-cigarettes.
The FDA has extended the compliance deadline until August 10, 2017.
The WHO has proposed that member states adopt stringent controls on e-cigarettes. The proposal is limited to the potential health effects of e-cigarettes, and does not include language addressing the electronic devices themselves.
American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation reports that 12 states and 615 local jurisdictions have laws restricting e-cigarette use in smoke-free venues; 15 states and 503 local jurisdictions have laws that restrict e-cigarette use in other venues.
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