While the conventional cigarette seems to be losing ground worldwide, a new phenomenon emerges that is gaining more and more momentum: the electronic cigarette or ‘vaper’. The advance of this product has raised the alert of specialists and the main control agencies, who study its effects to determine whether or not to take measures.
According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), currently 22.3% of the world population over 15 years of age use tobacco. However, in the year 2000, that figure was 32.7%, which marks a decrease of more than 10 points.
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But, on the contrary, the same entity assures that in the last decade the ‘vaping’ -as if it knows the action of smoking electronic cigarettes- increased substantially in Latin America, to the point that the Pan American Health Organization had to pronounce and warn about “the detrimental effects it has on health”.
Adverse pulmonary effects for medicine
“The effects at the respiratory level are very similar in the sense that increase the risk of respiratory conditions because the barrier mechanisms at the respiratory level are alternated ”, the pulmonologist Esmeralda Aspuru explains to the Voice of America from Mexico City.