Teenage vaping linked to heavier smoking

Teenage vaping linked to heavier smoking

Adolescents with a regular vaping (e-cigarette) habit are more likely to become regular smokers just six months later, a new study warned.

The study led by Adam Leventhal, the director of the University of Southern California’s Emotion & Addiction Laboratory in Los Angeles, examined use of e-cigarettes by high school students and found those who vaped became heavy smokers by the end as compared to their peers who didn’t vape.

Leventhal said in the newly published report, “Our most recent study is the first to show that teenagers who vape not only experiment with cigarettes, but are also more likely to become regular smokers. It is also the first time teenage vaping has been linked to heavier smoking patterns involving use of multiple cigarettes per day.”

The results of the study raised questions over vaping industry’s claims that e-cigarettes can be an effective cessation aid.

While the study authors warned that vaping might give rise to an entirely new generation of nicotine addicts who would eventually transition to traditional cigarettes. However, vaping advocates continue to insist that e-cigarettes are beneficial to those who are already smoking traditional cigarettes, which are widely regarded as more dangerous.

The alarming findings of the new study were detailed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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