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For all the research the past five-plus years concluding vaping is far less harmful than combustible cigarettes, a new study sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sounded alarms by claiming e-cigarettes caused coronary artery disease, depression, and heart attacks.   

At the American College of Cardiology 2019 Annual Scientific Session, CDC officials announced the results of its study, stating: “These data (points) are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.”   

But are the claims accurate?  

After analyzing data from National Health Interview Surveys from 2014, 2016 and 2017, the study determined individuals who use e-cigarettes are 56 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack and their chances of suffering a stroke increased 30 percent. Also, emotional problems, including depression, are twice as likely to develop.      

Looking at the work objectively, however, there are issues to consider. The results of the study are “all self-reported and subject to recall bias, and the data only allowed the scholars to control for age, sex, self-reported BMI, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking. When the data (is) just limited to the small pool of vaping users who are not also current or former smokers, there was basically nothing to talk about,” science20.com reported, adding those circumstances created a “weakness” in the study’s overall conclusions.  

Compared to vaping, smokers of traditional cigarettes were 165 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack and 78 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.    

While the CDC’s recent report could be questioned for its findings, the difference in health factors between e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes remains intriguing.   

But remember, the CDC is also the same agency that employed a policy of recognizing a teen vaping one time in 30 days as a “chronic user,” according to science20.com 

Should the recent CDC-sponsored study be considered reputable research?  

With so many other studies with fewer “weakness” issues be prudent with your judgment. 

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