Teens who vape higher doses of nicotine are more likely to become regular smokers – USC News

Using vape devices with nicotine increases a teen’s chance of becoming a regular smoker, USC experts say. (Photo/Lindsay Fox)

Even if it tastes like Gummi Bears and is inhaled as smoke-free aerosol, vaping a higher concentration of nicotine may increase how often teenagers use electronic cigarettes or smoke traditional cigarettes, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC study.

This is the first study to evaluate the association of e-cigarette nicotine concentration with future smoking and vaping behavior in youth, researchers said.

“We know that smoking is one of the most dangerous things that you can do for your health, especially if you begin during adolescence,” said Adam Leventhal, corresponding author of the study and director of the USC Health, Emotion and Addiction Laboratory at the Keck School of Medicine. “Because nicotine has mood-elevating and addictive effects, teens who use e-cigarettes with stronger nicotine concentrations may be less willing to stop vaping and be more inclined to use other nicotine products, like conventional cigarettes.”

The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics on Oct. 23, found that 43 percent of

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