People who vape could be more likely to have a stroke in middle-age than traditional smokers, research shows. 

Academics in New York — who tracked almost 80,000 Americans — found smokers were up to six times more likely to suffer a stroke than vapers. 

But vapers faced roughly a 15 percent higher risk of being struck down at an earlier age, compared to smokers.

E-cigarette users suffered their first stroke aged 48, on average — a decade earlier than traditional cigarette smokers.  

While vaping is generally accepted as healthier than cigarettes, researchers warned exposure to the devices at a young age can still do irreparable damage. 

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