The dangers of e-cigarettes

KYW Staff
December 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —There is a growing number of medical leaders and organizations from throughout the world raising warnings against the dangers of e-cigarettes. 

A study in the European Heart Journal focused on damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels and lungs. The greatest concern, according to the report, is that young people are being targeted at alarming rates. 

According to the CDC, over 3.6 million children in the U.S. use e-cigarettes. Between 2017-2018, there was a 78% jump in usage in this group. 

The report found that just one vaping episode increased heart rates and caused arteries to stiffen. The inner lining of the arteries, the endothelium, is impacted in such a way that it is made less effective at reversing the stiffening.