Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Smoking increases the risk of hearing loss

Smoking increases the risk of hearing loss

Due to the relative safety of e-cigarettes and their success in helping people quit, Yorkshire Cancer Research is calling for more support to be given to those who wish to vape.

The number of years gained by those who quit using e-cigarettes is far outweighed by the years lost from the third of young users who go on to become lifelong smokers, creating a self-fueling health crisis.

While the association between smoking and high-frequency hearing loss was stronger than that of low-frequency hearing loss, the risk of both high and low-frequency hearing loss increased with cigarette consumption, the researcher said.

He also added that nicotine exposure may be harmful to the ears.

The global research organization Kantar conducted qualitative and quantitative interviews with 17,421 smokers, ex-smokers and non-smokers in Brazil, France, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Malawi, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.

Their study showed a greater risk of hearing loss among current smokers compared with people who had never picked up a cigarette.

Anyone who wants to know more about stopping smoking can call the local helpline on 0800 9179388 where they can speak to a member of the Smoking Cessation Team.

Every year in the United Kingdom, 96,000 people will die from diseases caused by the bad habit. "These findings suggest that these legislative changes could be helpful in reducing the appeal of smoking and perhaps contribute towards changing attitudes around smoking".

While nicotine is highly addictive, it does not cause smoking-related diseases such as cancer.

In 2016, more than two million United States 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.

"The harms of e-cigarette use among adolescents and young adults are serious", he said.

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. Norman expressed his enthusiasm about what this mean for improved Māori health, but recognises now is a key opportunity to gain momentum in supply reduction which will make a significant impact on New Zealand becoming smoke-free: "We support this move from the government to reduce the appeal of cigarettes, and we must capitalise on it by increasing the focus on supply reduction". "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".

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