E-CIGARETTE: Is there really a gateway to smoking among young people?

E-CIGARETTE: Is there really a gateway to smoking among young people?

According to American researchers, vaping is a gateway to smoking. 17-18 youth who have never smoked and are using e-cigarettes would be four times more likely than others to switch to the conventional cigarette stage. And yet, in an article published by our colleagues in Vaping Post it is clearly emphasized that " the e-cigarette will not be responsible for increasing the number of young smokers".


« SPEAKING ADOLESCENTS ARE MORE AT RISK OF STARTING TO SMOKE«


Le Pr Richard Miech and his team at the University of Michigan are piloting an epidemiological study that annually follows 50 000 adolescents aged from 13 to 18 years old. christened Monitoring the Future, this work started in 1975. For the follow-up concerning the use of the electronic cigarette and the risk of smoking, 347 participants were integrated.

« Our results show that teens who are vaping are at higher risk of starting to smoke than those who do not smoke. Says Miech. Which quotes mainly reasons of social order: " they will go more to groups of smokers. Not to mention that they are convinced of the safety of these products as they do not perceive immediate health risks ».


TWO AMERICAN HEALTH EXPERTS ANNOUNCE CONTRARY


And yet, the discourse is not the same in two American public health experts, Lynn Kozlowski and Kenneth Warner, who reviewed recent studies of the relationship between young Americans and e-cigarettes and tobacco. His conclusion is clear: "the use of the electronic cigarette by young people will not be responsible for increasing the number of smokers in the future".

They also do not hesitate to stigmatize the messages that are confusing and only in the context of absolute risk, while it is necessary to have a risk reduction approach in the fight against tobacco. Lynn Kozlowski and Kenneth Warner present two studies that found age restrictions on the purchase of electronic cigarettes were associated with an increase in smoking rates. (To find out more, go to the article Vaping Post).

source : Destinationsante.com/

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