E-Cigarettes Use By Adolescents May Lead to Heavier Smoking

Lauren Dutra, ScD Postdoctoral Scholar, UCSF School of Medicine Cardiovascular Research Institute San Francisco, CA 94143MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Lauren Dutra, ScD
Postdoctoral Scholar, UCSF School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Research Institute
San Francisco, CA 94143

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Answer: Middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes were more likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes. They were also more likely to progress from experimenting with tobacco cigarettes to becoming regular smokers.

Teen smokers who used e-cigarettes were more likely to be planning to quit in the next year and less likely to have abstained from smoking recently, compared to smokers who had never used e-cigarettes. They were also more likely to be heavier smokers (smoke more cigarettes per day) than those who had never tried e-cigarettes, that being said there are eliquids available that have no nicotine content whatsoever and these are therefore a much healthier option, you can see a wide variety of these at Gourmet E-Liquid.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Answer: E-cigarettes are unlikely to be effective cessation aids for adolescents and may encourage cigarette smoking among adolescents.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Answer: Longitudinal research is needed to determine the precise role that e-cigarettes play in initiation to nicotine and precisely what fraction of kids start with e-cigarettes and progress to smoking cigarettes (and vice versa). The fractions of kids who use e-cigarettes who have never smoked (20% in middle school and 7% in high school) are the minimums for the rate of nicotine use among kids with e-cigs.

Citation:

Electronic Cigarettes and Conventional Cigarette Use Among US Adolescents: A Cross-sectional Study

Lauren M. Dutra ScD, Stanton A. Glantz PhD

JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(7):1-9. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5488

 

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