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Monday, March 17, 2014

Teen E-cigarettes Use Encourages Conventional Cigarettes Use

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Teen e-cigarette use encourages conventional cigarette use, those who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke traditional tobacco than their peers who do not use the devices, according to a new study. The research suggests that the use of e-cigarettes may make it more difficult for teens to quit, reports the New York Times.

The lead researcher of the study, Stanton Glantz of the University of California, San Francisco, said, “the use of e-cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage, conventional cigarette use among U.S. adolescents.”

Many who use e-cigarettes are also smoking regular cigarettes at the same time. E-cigarettes are favored when indoors and traditional cigarettes are desired when outdoors, most public settings have yet to decide whether the devices should be banned and until something happens users of the devices continue to exploit the loophole.

Last year, a government survey found that among young people who use e-cigarettes, many also smoke regular cigarettes. However, research has shown that even though the use of e-cigarettes doubled from 2011 to 2012 amongst teens, the use of regular cigarettes hit an all time low of 9.6 percent in 2013, according to the article.

“It looks to me like the wild west marketing of e-cigarettes is not only encouraging youth to smoke them, but also it is promoting regular cigarette smoking among youth,” said Glantz in a new release.

Whether e-cigarettes help people quit smoking or lead to the smoking of regular cigarettes is unclear, experts are of many different opinions.

The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics.
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