E-Cigarettes Act as Gateway to Smoking for Teens, Scientists Warn

Vaping acts as a gateway to smoking, scientists have warned, after finding teenagers who used e-cigarettes were four times more likely to start smoking tobacco within a year.

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.

The new study 347 teens were questioned about their views on drug use, vaping and smoking and followed up a year later to see if their opinions and habits had changed.

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 

Professor Richard Miech, from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, said: “These findings contribute to a growing body of evidence showing that teens who vape are more likely to start smoking than their peers who don't vape.

"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