E-Cigarettes Act as Gateway to Smoking for Teens, Scientists Warn
Researchers from the University of Michigan say vaping may desensitise youngsters to the dangers of smoking, even when they were initially aware of the harms.
One in three teens who were not smokers during the first survey, but had used e-cigarettes, said they had smoked by the second survey compared to just seven per cent for those who had not vaped in the interim.
Among teens who said they had never smoked by the time of the 2014 survey, recent vapers were four times as likely to move away from the belief that cigarette smoking poses a great risk as those who hadn’t vaped.
Teens who had tried vaping were more likely to try smoking
"At the very least, teens who vape should be considered at high risk for future smoking, even if they believe they are vaping only flavoring."
Professor Miech warns that teenagers who vape may begin to believe that smoking is not dangerous if they do not detect any immediate health effects from vaping. They are also more likely to join a peer groups of smokers.”Source: the tele graph