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"Friends' Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma" - Dennis Thompson

  • HealthDay
  • New York, NY
  • (January 09, 2019)

Add another danger that e-cigarettes pose to teenagers: A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition. Middle school and high school students with asthma were 27 percent more likely to have suffered an asthma attack if they'd been exposed to vapor from someone else's e-cigarette use, the researchers found. These findings and others belie the general perception that e-cigarette emissions carry no risk, said Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, division chief of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. "Contrary to the idea that it's a harmless water vapor, it actually contains some of the same chemicals that we find in tobacco smoke, along with particulate matter that can be very irritating to people with asthma," Dr. Wilson said.

— Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Vice-Chair, Clinical and Translational Research, Division Chief, General Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

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