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Smoking and vaping can be dangerous.

Surprised? Shocked? Astonished?

Doubt it.

Everyone should know there are enhanced risks with engaging in both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. But did you know that smoking and vaping increases heart attack risk by a factor of five? It’s true — at least according to a recent dual user health study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine,

Researchers from George Washington University and the University of California, San Francisco, studied information provided from nearly 70,000 adult participant in the National Health Interview Surveys in 2014 and 2016. Among their findings, individuals who inhale e-cigarettes daily increase their risk for a heart attack by nearly 50 percent, according to American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

An article on its medical website, aafp.org, detailed dual usage of combustible cigarettes and e-cigarettes, which remain a popular choice for many people taking the initial steps toward quitting traditional smokes. The study fount that smoking and vaping increases heart attack risk significantly.

“While people may think they are reducing their health risks, we found that the heart attack risk of e-cigarettes adds to the risk of smoking cigarettes,” said Stanton Glantz, the lead author of the co-ordinated study. “Most adults who use e-cigarettes continue to smoke cigarettes. Using both products at the same time is worse than using either one separately. Someone who continues to smoke daily while using e-cigarettes daily increases the odds of a heart attack by a factor of five.”

A professor of medicine at UCSF, Glantz also serves as director of UCSF’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

Glantz said in a statement the report was one of the first in the field of analyzing the link between heart attacks and vaping. He added a point of optimism for those who quit vaping and smoking.

“The risk of heart attack starts to drop immediately after you stop smoking,” Glantz said. “Our results suggest the same is true when they stop using e-cigarettes.”

For those who do both.

Time to think about it – again.

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