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Teen Smoking: Researchers Reveal E-Cigarettes Increase Risk Of Smoking Tobacco

Update Date: Jan 24, 2017 09:20 AM EST

E-cigarettes are already making waves as people who would want to stop smoking would transition to vaping. It may seem like a healthier option, but studies reveal that e-cigarettes can potentially pave the way for tobacco consumption among teenagers.

A study done by the researchers from the University of California revealed that teenagers who are hooked on vape can potentially transition to smoking tobacco. It was then added that teenagers who do not normally smoke tobacco are being placed at risk for long-term health problems.

Selling e-cigarettes to minors have already been restricted since 2015. What makes teens hooked on vapes are the variety of flavors that comes with the kit which includes blueberry, bubblegum, and much more. According to Daily Mail, the study that was done by the researchers pointed out the influence of e-cigarettes towards the low-risk tobacco consumption among teenagers.

Senior researcher of the study explained that e-cigarettes are not discouraging teens to stop smoking. Dr. Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine at the University of California then added that e-cigarettes are in fact, putting teenagers at risk of smoking tobacco.

A study that was published Jan. 12, 2017, in Nicotine & Tobacco Research focused on the correlation of e-cigarettes and the urge to smoke. It was mentioned that seeing someone smoke e-cigarettes positively produce the urge to smoke among individuals.

It was then mentioned that the new line of e-cigarettes or the vape pens may have a low resemblance to tobacco cigarettes, but its capability to urge non-smokers to smoke tobacco is significantly strong. Andrea King, Ph.D. stated that the similarities of the body movement, the inhalation, and exhalation of the body while using the device builds up the urge to smoke as mentioned by Vapor News.

"This makes them a potent trigger, encouraging people to smoke, King stated. "Their impact is roughly equal to watching someone light up a cigarette. They made the young adults in our study want to smoke."

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