Teens Vaping E-Cigarettes Up To 7 Times More Likely To Smoke … – Forbes


Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes later on—but the opposite wasn’t true, found a new long-term study that surveyed high school students over three years. That is, teens who smoked tobacco cigarettes were not more likely to later use e-cigarettes, or “vape.”

“With this study, we add longitudinal, causal evidence that the transition from e-cigarettes to combustible products, at least for adolescents, is a one-way street,” wrote Jonathan Klein, MD, from the University of Illinois Pediatrics Department in Chicago, in an accompanying editorial.

E-cigarettes are currently the most popular nicotine- or tobacco-related product among youth, with an estimated 3 million teens vaping, according to lead author Krysten W. Bold, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, and her colleagues, in their study’s background information.

“The rising frequency of recent e-cigarette use among youth over time is concerning, especially in light of evidence that e-cigarette use is a significant risk factor for future conventional cigarette use,” the authors wrote. The study, funded by the

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