Study: E-cigarettes gateway to smoking for teens, young adults

Study: E-cigarettes gateway to smoking for teens, young adults

WNYT Staff & NBC News
Updated: January 11, 2021 04:58 PM
Created: January 11, 2021 04:57 PM

There's more evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to traditional smoking among teens and young adults.

Researchers from the University of California San Diego tracked the tobacco use of over 15,000 12 to 24-year-olds over a four-year period.

They found those who began vaping before the age of 18 were three times more likely to become daily cigarette smokers.

Experts say the recent increase in e-cigarette use will likely reverse the decline in youth cigarette smoking.

Two-thirds of those in the study had experimented with at least one tobacco product and almost one-third had experimented with five or more tobacco products.


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