The research team reported a significantly higher rate of ‘fragility fractures’ amongst vapers vs non-vapers.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the relationship between e-cigarette use and fragility fractures,” said lead study author Dr. Dayawa Agoons. “It fills an important knowledge gap given the increasing popularity of e-cigarette use and the significant economic burden and known morbidity and mortality associated with osteoporotic fractures.”
The research team analysed the vaping history of 5,569 American men and women aged between 20 and 80, followed by questions to determine whether they had ever suffered a hip, wrist or spinal fracture from a minor fall. The responses suggested that these injuries were 46% more common in those who had ever vaped. “Our findings provide data to inform researchers, healthcare policy-makers and tobacco regulators about the potential association of e-cigarette use with reduced bone health,” said the researchers.
Dr. Agoons and her team concluded that there was a significantly higher rate of ‘fragility fractures’ among the 1,050 vapers, when compared to the 4,519 participants who had never vaped. There also claimed that there was a higher prevalence of fractures in dual users than in smokers alone. However, it will be interesting to hear what tobacco researchers will have to say about these findings, since the conclusions obtained were purely based on correlations.
The link between vaping and genetic changes
Another recent study published in Scientific Reports, has linked vaping to changes in mitochondrial and immune response genes, but most tests within the study found that smoking causes more genetic damage. “Comparative analysis of the gene networks and canonical pathways dysregulated in vapers and smokers showed strikingly similar patterns in the two groups, although the extent of transcriptomic changes was more pronounced in smokers than vapers. Of significance is the preferential targeting of mitochondrial genes in both vapers and smokers, concurrent with impaired functional networks, which drive mitochondrial DNA-related disorders. Equally significant is the dysregulation of immune response genes in vapers and smokers.”
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