Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Study finds smoking linked with increased risk of hearing loss

Yorkshire smokers urged to quit by using e-cigarettes Smoking Could Be Damaging Your Hearing, Research Reveals
Ben Pena | 14 March, 2018, 23:42

The longer that a person smokes, the higher they are at risk for developing for high frequency and low-frequency hearing loss.

'On the other hand, e-cigarettes may facilitate cigarette smoking initiation and confer substantial harm to adolescents and young adults once they are introduced to nicotine'.

"E-cigarettes are still quite new, and their long-term impact needs more research".

Cancer Focus NI's Naomi Thompson says: "Stopping smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your health".

"That's why the city council is offering lots of leisure opportunities to enable people to use exercise to help them quit and stop smoking long-term".

And about half of all regular smokers will be killed by their addictions - something National No Smoking Day today is trying to end.

Alex Clark, executive director of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, an e-cigarette industry lobby group, called the study's results "surprising", given government studies showing an overall decline in smoking.

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In 2015, 68 percent of Americans who smoked wanted to quit, with about 55.4 percent of them doing so successfully for at least one day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2016, more than two million USA middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, including 4.3 percent of middle school students and 11.3 percent of high school students, compared with 3.2 percent of U.S. adults. It is not acceptable to require vapers to share the same outdoor space as smokers, or to ban e-cigarette use.

Electronic cigarettes have always been touted not only as a safer alternative to cigarettes but as a potential avenue by which existing smokers might quit. "Negative coverage in the media has led to a misconception that vaping is unsafe, when the reality is that e-cigarettes have the potential to reduce the harm from tobacco caused to smokers, those around them and the wider society".

The findings appear in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Quit smoking services are also available in GP practices, health and wellbeing centres, community, workplace and youth settings including schools.

Soneji said one way to stop the rise in e-cigarette use among young people is to reduce the availability of "kid-friendly" flavors.

"E-cigarettes could indeed provide more population benefit if they were more effective as a cessation tool", Soneji said. The researchers also found that the increased risk of hearing loss decreased within five years after quitting smoking.

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