viernes, 5 de diciembre de 2014 – 3 de diciembre de 2014 – UK

E-cigarette use by children concerns fuelled by research

Three times as many children have tried e-cigarettes as have smoked tobacco, according to official figures.

It has reinforced concerns that using the devices could become a "gateway" to smoking cigarettes.

The study found 6% of 10 to 11-year-olds in Wales said they had used e-cigarettes, compared to 2% who had smoked tobacco.

Children who tried e-cigarettes were seven times more likely to say they might start smoking within two years.

They were also more likely to use e-cigarettes if their parents were smokers.

'Re-normalise' smoking

The vast majority of children who had tried e-cigarettes had never tried tobacco, according to the latest Childhood Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (CHETS) study.

But the study found evidence to suggest that e-cigarette use may lead children to smoke tobacco.

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