Young People Who Try E-Cigs Are More Likely to Smoke
Young people who try electronic cigarettes—e-cigarettes or e-cigs—are more likely to begin smoking cigarettes than non-smokers who don’t experiment with e-cigarettes, suggests a study led by researchers at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Their study involved students 11 and 18 years old at four Scottish schools in 2015. Among the 2,125 students who had never smoked, 183 reported they had tried e-cigarettes and 1,942 had not. When researchers followed up with study participants in 2016, 74 of those who had tried an e-cigarette—40.4 percent—reported smoking a cigarette within the next year. Among students who had not tried an e-cig, 249—only 12.8 percent—reported smoking a cigarette.
The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal's Tobacco Control journal, concludes that using e-cigarettes raised smoking risk in young non-smokers. Results of this new study are similar to those of eight earlier studies conducted in the United States.