E-Cigarette Use Path to Real Smoking, Study Shows

E-Cigarette A recent study published by the University of California, San Francisco revealed that there is a relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking among the young people. Electronic cigarette use might in fact influence adolescents toward conventional smoking and addiction of nicotine. But the study didn’t answer evidently the significant question on if e-cigarettes worked as a path to smoking.

High school and middle school pupils who used electronic cigarettes were prone to smoke the real thing and less possible chance to give up than pupils who had not used the devices, the study discovered.

It seems as the United States Food and Drug Administration plans to obtain regulatory power over electronic cigarettes that made sales of almost $2 billion in 2013, and which a number of experts think could ultimately top the $80 billion tobacco bazaar. The purpose of the study was to comprehend the association between the use of e-cigarettes, the use of conventional cigarettes and quitting among American teenagers.

Stanton Glantz, the chief writer of the report, said the findings hinted that the habit of using of electronic cigarettes likely to encourage conventional cigarette use rather than discouraging among U.S. teenagers. The report was revealed in JAMA Pediatrics, an online journal.

However, other analysts hold different views. According to them, the data do not bear that explanation. They pointed out that because young folks smoke e-cigarettes more and experience problems giving up does not determine that the devices are the reason of those difficulties. They mentioned that young folks who use the devices were serious smokers to start with, or could have turn into serious smokers anyhow.

The report is possibly to rouse the argument again over what e-cigarettes cost for the nation’s forty-five million smokers, about three million of whom are high school and middle school pupils. Some experts concern that electronic cigarettes are an entry to smoking actual cigarettes for youths, though many believe the data is too insufficient to resolve the matter. Others feel that the devices may be a pathway to quitting.

A large number of young folks who use electronic cigarettes, they smoke actual cigarettes as well, a federal survey reported in 2013.

While e-cigarette use among youths increased twofold from 2011 to 2012, regular cigarette smoking for youths has continued to fall.

The recent report drew on broad federal survey data from more than 17,000 high school and middle school pupils in 2011 and more than 22,000 in 2012. But rather than following the same pupils over time, that many analysts express is vital to determine if there has been a development from e-cigarette use to real smoking, the report examined 2 different groups of pupils, basically creating 2 snapshots.

Dr. Glantz also states that his findings reveals that the habit of e-cigarette using can predict who will go on to turn into an established smoker. Students who said they had tried with cigarettes—tried at least one puff—were much more prone to turn into established smokers if they also used e-cigarettes, he said. However, another overwhelming finding of the study is young people who used electric cigarettes were more likely to plan to give up smoking.

By Rahad Abir

Sources:

The New York Times
Reuters
Business Week

7 Responses to "E-Cigarette Use Path to Real Smoking, Study Shows"

  1. E-Cig Company   June 1, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I disagree with this article…

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  2. Carl   October 16, 2015 at 5:48 am

    A negative attention grabbing headline with perhaps the most interesting point nestled in the last paragraph;

    “However, another overwhelming finding of the study is young people who used electric cigarettes were more likely to plan to give up smoking”

    Rather then demonizing e-cigarettes why not focus on the positive aspects such as this?

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  3. Life On Vape   October 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I have to disagree with this article guys, as someone in the trade this doe not happen.

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  4. photographytlc   March 27, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I can’t believe that anyone who tries and e-cigarette or vape pen, vaporizer, what have you, will start smoking real cigarettes. They taste difference alone would be enough to make them gag and not want to try it again.

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    • photographytlc   March 27, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Wow, sorry for the typos. Should have proofread before posting.

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  5. dan   March 10, 2014 at 3:38 am

    How can anyone claiming to produce valid journalism title an article “E-Cigarette Use Path to Real Smoking, Study Shows” and in the very first paragraph state “But the study didn’t answer evidently the significant question on if e-cigarettes worked as a path to smoking”? Needless to say I haven’t read any more of the article

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  6. Steve Wilkes   March 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I really don’t understand why Dr. Glantz insists on maintaining this vendetta against vaping. He appears to be trying every possible avenue to demonize these potentially life saving devices. Instead, as a leading practitioner in the public health domain, he should be encouraging their use.

    Phrases like “the findings hinted that the habit of using of electronic cigarettes likely to encourage conventional cigarette” are complete scientific garbage, and commonplace in concerted misinformation / FUD campaigns.

    Take a look at this study http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/first-study-to-examine-e-cigarette.html that was “able to find only one young person who initiated nicotine use with e-cigarettes and then went on to smoke cigarettes, out of a sample of 1,300 college students”

    This is also an interesting article by Gilbert Ross, MD, the medical and executive director of the American Council on Science and Health: http://www.american.com/archive/2013/november/smoking-kills-and-so-might-e-cigarette-regulation

    I have been following Dr Glantz and have to question his motives. I would encourage others to take a ‘follow the money’ approach when reading articles such as this.

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