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Does Electronic Cigarette Use Lead to Cigarette Smoking in Young People

Sep 8, 2017

A research report has been published in the journal Tobacco Control, titled "Do electronic cigarettes increase cigarette smoking in UK adolescents? Evidence from a 12-month prospective study." The study tracked 2836 young people aged 13 - 14 over a twelve month period.  At baseline, 34.2% of young people reported having ever used an electronic cigarette.  By the end of the twelve month period, there was a strong association between electronic cigarette use, and commencing or escalating tobacco smoking. A small but significant minority of young people (19.9%) had only ever used electronic cigarettes, indicating that there could be risks associated with commencing nicotine dependence with electronic cigarettes in young people.

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