A new study conducted by a team of scientists seems to confirm the idea that a frequent vaping may lead to a future smoking habit.
As cigarettes and tobacco have been and still are amongst one of the most discussed and controversial habits, researchers have been trying to find ways of replacing the bad habit.
E-cigarettes have been considered to be one of the means of reducing tobacco consumption, but recent studies have linked the habit of vaping with the future use of tobacco products.
A team of scientists led by USC Health, Emotion and Addiction Laboratory director, Adam Leventhal, has determined that a more frequent vaping could possibly lead to regular smoking later in life.
The study’s research letter was published in the JAMA journal this Tuesday and was based on the smoking and vaping habits of over 3,000 Los Angeles County teens.
As the teenage smoking rates have been shown to fall, the e-cigarette popularity has been on the rise. The study researchers sought to determine the smoking or non-smoking habits of the selected 10th graders at the beginning of the school year and then six months after the initial questionnaire.
The numbers revealed that the students that used e-cigarettes more frequently were more likely to become frequent smokers over the six-months period of time.
According to the survey, out of the students who vaped more than two or three times over a 30-days period, about 20 percent admitted in the follow-up to being frequent tobacco smokers.
Over 11 percent of the other frequent e-cigarette users revealed their infrequent smoking habits, with a once or twice smoking event per month.
Amongst the infrequent e-cigarette users, the follow-up revealed an almost two-times lower future smoking habit.
The six-month reports showed that just about 5 percent of those questioned turned to frequent smoking and about 9 percent turned to smoking tobacco infrequently.
Leventhal, the study’s lead author, stated it usually takes a number of months or even years before teenagers turn from non-smokers to tobacco experimentation, and finally to frequent smoking.
According to him, the point of the study was to show that vaping did, indeed, influence the future smoking habits as it meant to demonstrate that e-cigarette practices lead to a faster smoking cycle.
The same Leventhal then stated that the increased speed of this cycle could potentially lead to life-long, adult smokers which are more likely to develop tobacco and smoking-related health problems.
Leventhal went to reveal his team’s plan of continuing their survey of the Los Angeles teenagers throughout the spring semester, when they will be finishing high school, and possibly even after graduation.
In a move meant to defend the practice the American Vaping Association president, Gregory Conley, argues that vaping and e-cigarettes, in general, are in fact useful.
According to Conley, vaping can potentially turn away future, possible cigarette smokers, although the practice will not be able to keep all teens away from future smoking habits.
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