We're done hearing more about this famous "bridging effect" between vaping and smoking. This time, a study from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, puts the subject back on the table. According to this, the use of the electronic cigarette by teenagers would lead to a switch to smoking.
VAPOTOUS ADOLESCENTS MORE ABLE TO FALL IN TOBACCO
This survey conducted on more than 44 000 students from the 9e to the 12e year in Ontario and Alberta reveals that teens who use electronic cigarettes are "much more likely to fall into smoking the year after," explains David Hammond, Principal Investigator at the School of Public Health the University of Waterloo. " They are more likely to try smoking and are more likely to become daily smokers. "
« Young people can try e-cigarettes before smoking because they are easier to access - David Hammond
«We had something like 2 millions of young Canadians who tried e-cigarettes and we would be stupid if we were not concerned about kids trying nicotine products at an earlier age than they usually try. To smoke Says Hammond.
« Young people can try e-cigarettes before smoking because they are easier to access Says Hammond, noting that tobacco in Canada can not be sold to minors.
Although Canada has not approved the sale of nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes in conventional outlets such as supermarkets, these products are widely available online and in vape stores. In fact, it is estimated that half of all electronic cigarettes consumed in Canada contain nicotine.
However, that should change soon. Bill S-5, creating a new regulation for electronic cigarettes, was approved by the Senate in June and is currently before the House of Commons.
Among its provisions, Bill S-5 would prohibit the sale of vaping products to minors and prohibit the promotion of electronic cigarettes containing flavorings that appeal to young people, while limiting advertising for these products.
Many physicians also want Canada to restrict the number of outlets where vaping devices can be purchased and the promotion of e-cigarettes.
« Protecting Canada's youth should be of paramount importance to government and health professionals Said the president of the Canadian Medical Association, Mr. Laurent Marcoux.
source : Rcinet.ca/