UNITED KINGDOM: A gateway effect of e-cigarette smoking to youth?

UNITED KINGDOM: A gateway effect of e-cigarette smoking to youth?

The famous "bridging effect" between e-cigarettes and smoking is a subject that comes up regularly in the news and has many "truths". Today it is a study from the University of Coventry that announces the possibility of this undesirable "effect" effect for young people.


"POSSIBLE THAT IT CAN SERVE AS A GATEWAY TO TOBACCO"


A new study from a UK university warns of the "cool" e-cigarette effect among young people that could inadvertently make people addicted to nicotine and push for smoking. While this does not negate the fact that the e-cigarette allows smokers to consume nicotine by eliminating the risk of smoking, the results also show that nearly half of young vapers have never smoked a conventional cigarette.

This research led to Coventry University where 499 students were surveyed show that less than half of the users knew that e-cigarettes contained nicotine and that they could create an addiction.

according to Cancer Research UK, 40% of regular smokers start smoking before the age of 16 years, making teen smoking a real key topic for public health authorities.

Le Dr. Emmie Fulton, principal investigator of the study, said, " The youth we sampled can use e-cigarettes because they are easier to access than tobacco and can continue to smoke without much worry »

« However, these youth may also not intend to try smoking but could accidentally become addicted to nicotine She adds. " It is possible that the e-cigarette could serve as a gateway to smoking".

As a reminder, it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes to less than 18 years in the UK. Last February, Public Health England recommended that electronic cigarettes be prescribed by the NHS as patches, gums and nicotine inhalers.

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