According to a new U.S. study, adolescents who happen to regularly vape are at a higher risk of not only taking up cigarette smoking but also developing a very serious cigarette habit.
The current research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Adam Leventhal, the lead author of the study, said that the current research was conducted to see whether or not e-cigarettes can be used as an effective means for cessation. He further added that the results of the study showed that teenagers are more likely to experiment with cigarettes and develop a regular smoking habit if they happen to vape. The current study is the very first to address such a link. It also went on to suggest that there is an association between smoking numerous cigarettes in a day and smoking patterns that are considered as heavy.
A lot of famous tobacco companies have developed e-cigarettes for the general public. These little battery-operated devices have a glowing tip along with a heating element which is able to convert liquid nicotine, and accompanying flavors, into a visible cloud of vapor which is meant to be inhaled by the user.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the use of e-cigarettes, in U.S. teenagers, has grown to be more that the number of traditional cigarettes. In 2015, approximately 3 million middle as well as high school students used the said device. While there are people who fear that the use of e-cigarettes will eventually give rise to a whole new generation of individuals addicted to nicotine, who will then move onto smoking traditional cigarettes, there are a few small studies that put forward the suggestion that e-cigarettes are beneficial for individuals who were already smokers and have made the switch to using this device.
In order to conduct the current study, data of 3,084 students was examined by the team of researchers. The students were from ten high schools in Los Angeles. All of them had participated in a total of two surveys. One of the surveys was conducted during the fall of tenth grade while the second was held in spring.
At the beginning of the study, a total of 2,075 of the participating students (67%) said that they had never even tried using e-cigarettes. Another 23% or 730 students reported vaping in the past while 133 of the students vaped on two or even fewer days during the course of the last 30 days. Only 5% or 146 of the students reported themselves as frequent users of e-cigarettes. They had vaped at least 3 or more days during the past month.
By the end of the current study, one in five students who had reported being regular vapers smoked conventional cigarettes 3 times per month. The cigarette smoking habit was at least once per month in another 12% of the students who reported themselves as being routine vapers. Even less than 1% of the students who reported not even trying to vape ended up reporting smoking even one cigarette a month.
The limitations of the current study have to deal with a very brief period of follow-up and relying on teen students to correctly recall and report their use of tobacco. While more research is required, currently the general consensus stands on e-cigarettes and vaping not helping teenagers prevent themselves from taking up traditional cigarette smoking.