Yale researchers see ‘exponential’ rise in e-cigarette use among youths
NEW HAVEN >> As the use of electronic cigarettes soars among youth, professor Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is at the vanguard of research into their effects.
Krishnan-Sarin is co-principal investigator (with professor Stephanie O’Malley) of the Yale Tobacco Center on Regulatory Science, whose particular interest is in flavors and how they alter nicotine addiction. Krishnan-Sarin is also studying the rates of e-cigarette use among youth and young adults in Connecticut, as well as how they are influenced by flavors.
Her research involves 10 middle and high schools in the state. Her investigators are “actually going into the schools and … asking if they use cigarettes. … What are the perceptions” of e-cigs?
“Over the past 2½ years, we have been tracking e-cigarette use in students in Connecticut schools,” she said, finding a “really exponential increase” among young people.
Her research is in the process of peer review before it can be published, but previous studies show major growth in e-cigarette use rates among high school-age teens.
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