E-cigarettes can cause more public health harm than benefit though it is known as a safer alternative to cigarettes.


Electronic cigarettes have long been touted as a solution by which smokers might quit. But a new study suggests that it can actually raise the likelihood that teens and young adults will start smoking.

A Japanese study suggests that per day additional cigarette increases the risk of developing hearing loss among smokers.

For the study, researchers analyzed around data of 50,000 Japanese workers without hearing loss, ages 20 to 64. After following them for eight years, the researchers found that more than 5,100 people developed hearing loss.

Principle investigator Samir Soneji from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice said that e-cigarettes smoking encourages cigarette smoking beginning and can lead to substantial harm to teens and young adults once they are introduced to nicotine.

E-cigarettes have estimated to cause to more than 1.5 million years of life lost, according to Soneji.

He recommends regulations to lower the known toxins and carcinogens’ levels in e-juice as well as to lessen the availability of kid-friendly flavors.

Lead study author Huanhuan Hu of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo said, “Quitting smoking virtually eliminates the excess risk of hearing loss, even among quitters with short duration of cessation.”

“Because the risk of hearing loss increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day if quitting is impossible people should still smoke as little as possible,” Hu added.