The vaping market is growing at a rapid rate. According to the current statistics, one in six Kiwis had tried e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are now legally available to anyone over the age of 18. Despite the age restriction, vaping become very popular among teenagers because of the trend and a range of appealing flavors like mango or chocolate. However, there is still a lack of information about its effect on health and we are often unsure about the safety of e-cigarettes.
A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in teenagers with asthma. The risk of an asthma attack is increased by 27 percent among adolescents with asthma if they'd been exposed to vapor from someone else's e-cigarette use. It is not safe to use vaping system around people with asthma.
In addition to harm from secondhand vaping exposure, there are a significant harm form firsthand exposures to vaping for people with asthma. The e-cigarettes which contain nicotine can trigger asthma because nicotine causes inflammation inside the lungs. Although vaping is a better substitution for tobacco cigarettes, it is not harmless for people with asthma and it is very important to understand the potential risks of firsthand and secondhand exposures to vaping.
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