Recent research has revealed that vaping makes people more likely to turn to traditional cigarettes. Also called vape pens, the new e-cigarettes might boost the desire to smoke among people, including former smokers.
These devices are powered by a battery and use a heating element which turns flavorings and liquid nicotine into vapor inhaled by users. However, they are larger than standard e-cigarettes, so the clouds of vapor are also bigger.
In the latest study, the researchers analyzed 108 adult smokers (all of them were young). They were asked to interact with persons who used vape pens or traditional cigarettes. In both cases, the participants experienced a stronger desire to smoke, although they had never used vape pens before.
Andrea King, the lead author of the study and a psychiatrist at the University of Chicago, says that she and her team were surprised by the study findings. In other words, it means that e-cigarettes do not facilitate smoking cessation among smokers, but it somehow encourages them to stick to this unhealthy habit.
King stresses the fact that smokers must be aware because lighters, ashtrays, cigarettes, and other objects related to smoking might trigger a strong desire to smoke. The study findings reveal that smokers often try to quit smoking by reducing their exposure to traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Unfortunately, large tobacco companies in the United States have been developing various types of e-cigarettes. Over the past ten years, the potential benefits and impacts of vaping have been hotly debated by the public health specialists, tobacco companies, and politicians.
Many studies have shown that e-cigarettes have detrimental effects on the younger generation which might turn to nicotine addiction. King explains that the latest study doesn’t focus on the health effects of vaping devices. Instead, the researchers have been trying to establish whether smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers will crave for a cigarette after they come across these vape pens.
The study participants were between 18 and 35 years old. All of them smoked a median of roughly nine cigarettes every day. Based on the study findings, over 80 percent of them had used e-cigarettes at least once. Also, approximately 30 percent of them had used an e-cigarette in the month before the study.
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