By Sarah Keane • 05 December 2020 • 8:41
E-CIGARETTES increase the risk of disease in young people with ‘alarming’ consequences
33% of girls and 29% of boys between 14 and 18 years old are smokers in Spain, according to the Ministry of Health. Many of them are exchanging the traditional cigarette for vaping.
This practice is much more common among young people, who use these electronic cigarettes “at an alarming rate”, according to the report carried out by the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Carlos Jimenez, president of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery, warns that “although the toxic substances are lower than those of a traditional cigarette, these devices contain carbonyls in amounts that put consumers at risk of developing breast cancer. In addition, it increases the ease for the respiratory system of young people to be affected by pneumococcus, which is why from a health point of view they are as harmful as the traditional cigarette.”
In addition, Jiménez argues that most young people start using before they turn 18 and the consequences usually appear 10 or 15 years later because smoking is a disease that kills slowly.
“There is no safe level of exposure to nicotine products,” added Jiménez.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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