Hong Kong youth using Heated Tobacco Products (HTP) have persistent respiratory symptoms

Wang L, Chen J, Leung LT, et al. Characterization of Respiratory Symptoms Among Youth Using Heated Tobacco Products in Hong Kong. JAMA Netw Open. 14 July 2021;4(7):e2117055.

“In this cross-sectional study with 33 627 youths from 88 secondary schools, persistent respiratory symptoms were more prevalent in HTP users than nonusers, especially among never and former cigarette smokers. Persistent respiratory symptoms were associated with exclusive ever HTP use and ever dual-use vs exclusive ever cigarette smoking, and comparable in current users of HTPs and cigarettes…. These findings suggest that using HTPs instead of cigarettes may not reduce health risks.”

Stephen Hamann

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