E-cigarettes pose as much cancer risk as regular smoking

Russian health researchers found that hookah and e-cigarette smokers are not saved from cancer and are in the same risk group as regular smokers. Physicians also believe that e-cigarettes can cause cardiovascular diseases.

Electronic cigarettes contain as many carcinogens as regular cigarettes, RIA Novosti reports quoting Andre Ilbawi, an expert of the WHO Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, who claims there is no difference between hookahs, electronic and ordinary cigarettes.

Carcinogenic substances are toxic for human body, especially when a person is exposed to them over a long period of time. The expert comments that e-cigarette smokers are equally prone to strong addiction. Therefore, e-cigarettes pose the same amount of health risk as regular cigarettes. 

During hookah smoking, harmful nicotine is absorbed by water; however, smokers inhale more times than when smoking ordinary cigarettes. This means that hookah smoking is as unhealthy as cigarettes. Tobacco smoke contains some 7,000 chemicals 50 of which may cause cancer while 270 are damaging to health in other ways.

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