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E-Cigarettes may do more harm than good, study suggests

June 04, 2018 - 3:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Several new studies have taken a close look at electronic cigarettes. Many have been recommending e-cigarettes as a way to kick the habit of smoking conventional cigarettes. Certainly the e-cigarettes are not without their own risks, but when compared to standard cigarettes they are somewhat safer. 

But there is a problem. A significant percentage of smokers who start smoking e-cigarettes continue to smoke standard cigarettes as well. 

According to the latest study, the combined use of both products can increase the risk of heart attack by a factor of five. 

And there is another problem. Young people are starting to vape, and while this may be safer than smoking cigarettes, there is new information to suggest that the use of e-cigarettes is rapidly becoming the first step on a path to smoking cigarettes in their conventional form.