Here's how vaping may lead teens to start smoking cigarettes – Star2 … – Star2.com

New research has found that vaping e-cigarettes with higher concentrations of nicotine may increase how often teenagers use them and make them more likely to also start smoking traditional cigarettes.

Carried out by Keck School of Medicine of USC, the study is the first to look at a potential association between nicotine concentration in e-cigarettes and future smoking and vaping behaviour in young people.

The team surveyed 181 students at 10 high schools in Los Angeles, in the US, on their vaping and smoking habits, collecting the initial set of data in the 10th grade and carrying out follow-up surveys six months later when the students had moved into the 11th grade.

Nicotine concentration of e-cigarettes were defined in the survey as none, low (1-5 mg/mL), medium (6-17mg/mL) and high (18 or more mg/mL).

The responses showed that 43 per cent of students who used high-nicotine e-cigarettes at the start of the study were found to be “frequent smokers” at the follow-up six months later, meaning they smoked traditional cigarettes at least three times in the past month.

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