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NBC News has a story about how a new study "on the long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes finds that the devices are linked to an increased risk of chronic lung diseases … investigators found people who used e-cigarettes were 30 percent more likely to have developed a chronic lung disease, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema, than nonusers."

While the study found that people who smoked traditional tobacco products "had a higher risk of developing chronic lung diseases than those who used only e-cigarettes," it also found that "many adult smokers who tried e-cigarettes ended up using both forms of tobacco."

Some context from NBC News: "The research adds to a growing body of evidence that vaping can cause physical harm, whether it's chemical burns to lung tissue, toxic metals that leave lasting scars on lungs, vitamin E oil that clogs lungs or even overheated batteries that explode.

"The illnesses described in the new research are different from the recent spike in vaping-related illnesses, called EVALI, or e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 2,409 cases across all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Despite months of investigation, no single cause has been identified to explain all of those cases … The vast majority of cases have involved vaping marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, THC. And in many cases, counterfeit vapes were used."
KC's View:
Go figure. The companies - including tobacco companies - arguing that vaping was a safe alternative to traditional smoking were actually lying.

Who could've seen that coming?