A study shows that the teenagers who smoke e-cigarettes are highly likely to smoke tobacco in the future. Apparently, the teens who smoke e-cigarettes are three times more likely to start smoking tobacco, one year after they started smoking e-cigarettes. The teenagers who have never tried e-cigarettes were less likely to start smoking.
Also, even though the developers of the e-cigarettes promote them as a way to stop smoking tobacco, the researchers said that there is no evidence that the e-cigarettes can cure that habit. Among the teenagers involved in the study, the ones who smoked e-cigarettes didn’t see a major decrease in their tobacco consume in the course of an year. The researchers want to warn the teens and their parents about the dangers of the e-cigarettes, as they are a factor that can push teens into tobacco smoking.
The team of researchers from the Hawaii University situated in Honolulu decide to see which exactly is the connection between the e-cigarettes and the tobacco ones. For their research, they surveyed more than 2,300 teenagers from six different high school situated in the area. The students involved were mainly in the 9th and 10th grade. They were asked about their smoking habits, parental support and their degree of rebelliousness.
After the teenagers were surveyed by the team, the researchers left and returned one year later to see how the situations have changed. The students who smoked tobacco the first time counted for 15%, which increased to 21% a year later. Also, the number of students who smoked e-cigarettes increased from 31% to 38%. After the researchers analyzed the results and the variables, they discovered that the probability of smoking tobacco increased with 14% for the teens who previously smoked e-cigarettes. The teens who have never smoked e-cigarettes were only 5% likely to try them. 68% of the survey participants revealed that e-cigarettes were healthier than the tobacco ones.
The factors that influenced the smoking were also the gender, the parental education, the parental support, the age, the ethnicity and the degree of rebelliousness. Native Hawaiians and Caucasians were more likely to smoke than the Asian Americans. The researchers said that the teens are more likely to turn to tobacco cigarettes, because the e-cigarettes expose them to low levels of nicotine and then they want to feel a bigger nicotine kick so they turn to tobacco.
The study which revealed that the teenagers who smoke e-cigarettes are highly likely to smoke tobacco was published in Tobacco Control, on Monday.
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