Study finds smokers at greater risk of hearing loss

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Smoking Could Be Damaging Your Hearing, Research Reveals

After significant tobacco control efforts were implemented in the 1990s there was a substantial reduction in youth smoking, but the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes has the potential to slow or reverse that trend. In the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the team of Dr. Huanhuan Hu, lead author of the study, evaluates the increased risk of hearing loss in a range of 20 to 60%.

It says nicotine replacement therapies are safe, licenced for use in pregnancy, and for people with cardiovascular disease, plus there is now worldwide consensus that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking. E-cigarettes use cartridges of chemicals, including nicotine, that are transformed into vapor.

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. Currently, Soneji said, the risk of initiating cigarette smoking is three times as high for adolescents who vape than for those who do not. "Our smoking cessation team has developed an effective evidence-based service that assists individuals who wish to quit smoking through adopting a non-judgmental, supportive, empathetic and flexible approach".

Researchers measured their smoking habits during this time to get a picture of each study subject's behaviour, satisfaction, reward and enjoyment from smoking cigarettes.

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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.

E-cigarettes are inhalable aerosols which heat a solution containing nicotine.

Soneji said one way to stop the rise in e-cigarette use among young people is to reduce the availability of "kid-friendly" flavors. (A recent CDC study shows that while smoking has declined, vaping has increased.) Clark said his organization prefers that e-cigarette makers be truthful in advertisements by marketing products as "less risky alternatives" to smoking that have the ability to help smokers quit. "Negative coverage in the media has led to a misconception that vaping is risky, 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".

"While we know that stopping smoking can be a challenge, help is at hand".

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"If you aren't quite ready to stop on March 14, you can pick a new date and Cancer Focus NI is more than happy to help and give you lots of tried and tested tips to make quitting that bit easier".

E-cigarettes are not an FDA-recommended quitting method, but they were found to be used more often than approved methods including the nicotine patch and nicotine gum.

Michael Bloomberg, the majority owner of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News, provides philanthropic support to anti-smoking campaigns and other health initiatives.

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