Study finds smokers at greater risk of hearing loss


They examined the effects of smoking status (current, former and never smokers), the number of cigarettes smoked per day, and the duration of smoking cessation on the extent of hearing loss. A new study shows that there may be an increased risk of going deaf due to smoking.

"For example, if smokers who used e-cigarettes to help quit were twice as likely to actually quit compared to smokers who used nicotine-replacement therapy, then the benefits of e-cigarette use would approximately balance the harms of e-cigarette use".

The Dartmouth researchers pulled data from a variety of national surveys of health and tobacco use to calculate how many years of life are gained or lost from e-cigarette use. This could undermine an attempt to quit or make it more hard for people to stay smoke-free.

Smoking causes 25 per cent of all cancers in Northern Ireland and is our greatest cause of preventable death and disease, the charity warned.

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 United States adults. In October, the FDA addressed youth use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS) through its "The Real Cost" campaign.

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.

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The local health team are encouraging smokers to quit smoking and reap the health and financial benefits. They'll help design a stop smoking plan that will work best for you to make this as easy as possible.

However, a growing body of research suggests that e-cigarette devices are not as "harm-free" as manufacturers claim they are.

The association was stronger between smoking and high-frequency hearing loss than that of low-frequency hearing loss, and the risk of both types increased with the numbers of cigarettes smoked.

Samir Soneji, an associate professor of health policy at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and the paper's lead author, said that advertising e-cigarettes as a means to quit or reduce smoking has done damage, mostly to young people.

Another study published earlier this month revealed that teens who used e-cigarettes were exposed to the same cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco even when they didn't use nicotine fluid. "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".