Are e-cigarette users more likely to suffer from depression?

A new study says e-cigarettes users were more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression compared to non-users.
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Transcript for Are e-cigarette users more likely to suffer from depression?
All right, Paula, thank you. To that health alert about the potential dangers of vaping. A new study shows that e-cigarette users are twice as likely to face depression and Dr. Ashton here. Brand-new study that looks over 800,000 people over a one-year period and asked them questions about their e-cig use, combustible cigarette use, whether they smoke at all or vape anything and whether anyone has told them they suffer from depression or having symptoms of depression and take a look at the result it was pretty significant. They found that anyone using e-cigs faced a two times twice the risk for clinical depression when you compare it to nonusers and additionally that risk went up with the frequency of e-cig use versus someone that does not use them. First time we're hearing about nonphysical associated effects of vaping? Why do you think all this? They don't know. We have to underscore this was based on association, not cause and effect. That's important but it's an observation but there is some theory that comes out of the data and research that has been done with combustible cigarettes that tick teen in combustible cigarettes and there is variable amount, sometimes high amounts in e-cigs can interfere or disrupt dopamine production. That is a very important brain chemical that then can affect how we deal with stress as a buffer, so on and so forth but we don't know whether people who suffer from depression are more likely to vape or vice versa which came first, the chicken or the egg. Signs and symptoms? Think about the other extreme here. This is not just about vaping. Half of team who suffer from depression don't seek treatment and it can range a whole bunch of signs and symptoms including sadness, hopelessness, tearfulness, changes in sleep meaning more or less, a loss of interest in things that were once pleasurable to you and then physical signs and symptom, ache, pain, has, G.I. Issue. Think outside the box here and seek treatment. You can get help for depression. You always make us think outside the box. Over now to rob.

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