Following the many controversies that take place in the United States, no wonder to find today in France a study that targets the e-cigarette and youth. Indeed, a recent study of Inserm financed by the League against cancer shows that 52% of 17 teens have already tried the e-cigarette.
According to the first results of research conducted by Inserm as part of a project entitled Petal, a program of studies on adolescent smoking to limit it shows that more than one year old 17 teenager on 2 has already experimented with the e-cigarette, almost as much as the cigarette (that 59% of young people of this age have already tested at least once). By cons the e-cigarette is reserved for occasional use. While a quarter of 17 youths smoke daily, only 2% of them smoke daily, and 1 on 6 occasionally.
Everyone was worried that the e-cigarette would be a gateway to smoking for teenagers, but this research seems to rule out this hypothesis. Younger 17 kids who test the electronic cigarette have already experimented with tobacco before so it's always the tobacco that comes first and not the other way around. However, we can not say that the decline in smoking among these teens is related to the electronic cigarette since 63% of vapers are also regular or daily cigarette smokers. It is therefore rather a product that combines with other risky behaviors, tobacco but also alcohol and drugs.
While there are as many girls who smoke cigarettes as boys at 17 years, boys are more likely to vape (21% of them do it occasionally against 13% of girls). As many tracks and data that researchers will continue to deepen. Recall that the sale of the electronic cigarette is normally prohibited to less than 18 years.
source : Rmc.bfmtv.com/