Are teen e-cigarette users more likely to smoke in the future?

Are teen e-cigarette users more likely to smoke in the future?

Using multiple products increased the chances. Ramirez co-chairs the UT Health SA Eliminate Tobacco Use Committee and directs the Institute for Health Promotion Research in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UT Health SA.

"The elevated risk of cigarette use uptake in young populations who use e-cigarettes is strong and consistent, and this risk is amplified by the presence or amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes", Leventhal, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email.

Every year in the US, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Those who had tried two or more products were 3.8 times more likely to be smoking. While teens who try one tobacco product are more likely to try another, the dominant gateway in the PATH survey was from no previous tobacco use to cigarettes.

"For example, using tobacco products might expose adolescents to a different social group or social norms around cigarette smoking".

A steady rise in the proportion of adolescents using e-cigarettes in recent years has sparked alarm among tobacco control advocates who fear e-cigarettes will create a new generation of nicotine addicts who may eventually switch to conventional cigarettes.


The study, published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics from researchers at the University of California San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, comes amid a growing debate around e-cigarettes.

The success rate for people who used e-cigarettes was 40 percent lower than the rate for people who did not use the products, the study found.

By the end of that year, 469 youth, or about 5 percent, had tried a cigarette and 219, or roughly 2 percent, had smoked within the past month, the study found. The results were adjusted for factors like sociodemographic and environmental smoking risk.

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to begin regulating all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookahs and cigars, as it does cigarettes. "Regulation of these non-cigarette products should reflect the fact that all of them are associated with greater risk of youth smoking", he said.

Last June, the University of Texas System became the first entirely tobacco-free university system in the state, officials said, and the largest single employer prohibiting tobacco use statewide. That's important because cigarette smoking rates have gone down in teens, which could be seen as a win by health advocates. In all, approximately 12,000 adolescents provided information about their use of tobacco products.

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