Smoking may increase risk of hearing loss, scientists say

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On the other side, a person who was able to quit smoking with e-cigarettes would likely gain back about five years of their life.

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.

'On the other hand, e-cigarettes may facilitate cigarette smoking initiation and confer substantial harm to adolescents and young adults once they are introduced to nicotine'.

Under-18s are nearly three times more likely to use e-cigarettes than adults, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

E-cigarettes have been marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes because they produce vapor rather than smoke.

Cancer Focus NI's Naomi Thompson says: "Stopping smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your health".

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Smoking appeared to affect the ability to hear both high and low frequency sounds, but the association with high frequency loss was greater.

New research shows, however, that e-cigarettes are hurting a lot more than they help. "And when it comes to health benefits, I'm now 100% on all of them, bar lung cancer but I'm 67% of the way to being the same as a non-smoker when it comes to the risk of developing lung cancer". Action needs to be taken now. It also seeks to find commonalities and differences among smokers worldwide to help shape the development of better approaches for tobacco harm reduction and smoking cessation across diverse cultures and economic conditions. It causes over a quarter of cancer deaths in the United Kingdom and almost one in five cancer cases across the country. Smoking is responsible for 16 different types of cancer, including 86% of lung cancers, 37% of bladder cancers and 23% of liver cancers. Studies suggest that 52% of users are ex-smokers and 45% are current smokers.

Around 2,800 deaths in the county every year are caused by smoking-related illnesses.

The research was conducted on over 50,000 participants over a span of eight years. The charity is recommending that organisations follow Public Health England's guidelines when creating e-cigarette policies, which advise that a clear distinction is made between vaping and smoking.

Thousands of smokers are turning to e-cigarettes, with three million Britons now believed to use the battery-powered devices containing nicotine. Vaping is a different activity to smoking, and should be treated as such. That's the kind that can make it hard to understand speech.