Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Teens Who Vape Likely to Try Cigarettes, Study Finds

Teens Who Vape Likely to Try Cigarettes, Study Finds

Using data from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health, the team was able to capture both baseline tobacco use and changes a year later.

Having smoked at least once is significant in teens, the study authors said, because of how fast tobacco addiction can take hold.

The researchers found that 4.6 percent of all baseline never-smoking youths had tried a cigarette at one-year follow-up and 2.1 percent had smoked a cigarette within the past 30 days.

Relevant Reading: Assessing 30-day quantity-frequency of US adolescent cigarette smoking as a predictor of adult smoking 14 years later.

"To our knowledge, no prospective study has simultaneously estimated the associations of e-cigarette, cigar, hookah, and smokeless tobacco product use with subsequent cigarette smoking initiation", the researchers wrote.

Advertising cigarettes and other tobacco products on TV and radio hasn't been allowed since 1971. And there is a lot of talk about cigarettes, which is absolutely justified.

"Some e-cigarette products are touted as being useful for smoking cessation, but we do not recommend that they be used for that goal", an official at the center said.

"Even a little bit of use of these products can get kids addicted", she said.

King also recommends smokers trying to quit ask their doctor about specific tools that could help, such as nicotine-replacement therapy, classes created to help you stop smoking, counseling and medication; avoid substances such as alcohol that tend to weaken commitment; replace tobacco with healthier oral stimulation like gum; and exercise to provide a boost and help prevent weight gain that can happen when smokers eat when they feel the urge to light up. Participants were also asked if they had ever used non-cigarette tobacco products.

The country's smoking rate for men stood at 31 percent in 2015, the highest among 15 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development whose statistics are available.

Smoking rates amongst high school students were cut in half in only five years, between 2011 to 2016, when vaping amongst the same age group increased from 1.5% to a peak of 16.0%.

"E-cigarettes could help smokers kick the habit", said Itsuro Yoshimi, a senior official of the center.

"We should think not only the harm these types of products cause, but also the potential harm that comes from cigarettes". The majority of teens who use these products buy vapes and e-cigarettes with these kinds of flavorings, according another study from the University of MI in 2016.

Around three million adults in Britain have used e-cigarettes in the decade or so that they have been on the market.

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