E-Cigs May Encourage Conventional Cigarette Use Among Adolescents
A recent study, published on March 6th, by JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics, found that adolescents who used e-cigs (electronic cigarettes) were more likely to be concurrent smokers of conventional cigarettes, and less likely to quit. The researchers looked at nearly 40,000 completed National Youth Tobacco Surveys, completed in 2011 and 2012, by middle and high school students in the United States. They concluded that present e-cig use was associated with greater odds of wanting to quit conventional cigarettes, but a decreased likelihood of overall abstention from them. “Use of e-cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage, conventional cigarette use among U.S. Adolescents”.