E-cigarettes with more nicotine may make teens vape more – The Verge

Nicotine in electronic cigarettes may be responsible for turning teens into regular smokers and vapers.

Researchers surveyed 181 high school students from Los Angeles who vaped. Those who used e-cigs with higher nicotine concentrations were more likely to keep smoking e-cigs and regular tobacco cigarettes later on, according to a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics.

Studies have shown that young people who vape are more likely to pick up the smoking habit, but why this happens isn’t entirely clear. Today’s study shows that nicotine concentrations may play a role.

E-cigs have been on the market for about a decade, and are increasingly popular — especially among teenagers. More than 2 million middle and high school students vaped in 2016, including 11 percent of all high school students in the US. That’s a “major public health concern,” according to the US surgeon general. Though vaping is largely considered a healthier alternative for people who smoke regular tobacco cigarettes, some in the medical community fear that vaping could be a gateway to tobacco smoking, especially among teens. And vaping isn’t completely

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