A new study published online in CHEST Journal, researchers analyzed data from approximately 12,000 youth diagnosed with asthma regarding their exposure to cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, electronic nicotine delivering systems (ENDS) as well as to secondhand smoke and ENDS aerosol exposure. The study found that:
- Overall, 21% of youth with asthma reported having an asthma attack in the past 12 months and 33% reported secondhand ENDS aerosol exposure
- In a weighted chi-square test, exposure to secondhand ENDS aerosols was associated with reporting an asthma attack (P<0.01)
- In a multivariable logistic regression model, the association between secondhand exposure to ENDS aerosols and asthma exacerbations remained significant (AOR 1.27; 95% CI 1.11-1.47), after controlling for demographics, individual tobacco product use, and secondhand smoke exposure.
"This study documents an association between secondhand exposure to ENDS aerosol and asthma exacerbations among youth with asthma," Bayly and co-authors concluded. "Families may believe exposure to aerosols from ENDS to be benign. However, while this relationship is further elucidated, health professionals may wish to counsel asthmatic youth and their families regarding the potential risks of ENDS use and exposure to ENDS aerosols."
For members with children who have asthma, has your health care provider discussed health concerns resulting from electronic cigarette use or exposure?