Daily Vaping Linked to Higher Cigarette Quit Rates

by Jared Lewis August 19, 2017, 1:02
Daily Vaping Linked to Higher Cigarette Quit Rates

The global scientific community is divided over e-cigarettes and whether or not they are a useful public health tool as a nicotine replacement therapy.

But Professor Linda Bauld of Stirling University said: 'This study does not provide evidence that using e-cigarettes causes young people to become smokers?...?smoking among young people in the United Kingdom is at an all-time low'.

Adolescents taking up smoking may be less on the radar of cardiologists who are likely more familiar with studies in adults suggesting that e-cigarettes can help wean long-time smokers from the high-risk habit.

They found teenagers who had tried vaping were four times more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes than those who hadn't.

A total of 2,836 adolescents aged 14 and 15 were surveyed for the research, published in the journal Tobacco Control.

She said new United Kingdom research will be published later this year bringing together multiple United Kingdom studies and added that all the studies find that while experimentation with vaping by young people is not uncommon, regular use is rare with the great majority being current or ex-smokers.

The vast majority of the children were non-smokers, but a third had experimented with e-cigarettes.

This compared with only 9 percent in the group who had not tried e-cigarettes when the survey began.

This challenges the idea that the vapers would have tried tobacco anyway, whether or not e-cigarettes were available.

Plus, e-cigs aren't risk-free: some of the devices have been found to contain ingredients like diethylene glycol (used in antifreeze) as well as formaldehyde, both of which have been linked with cancer.

"What our data seem to be suggesting is that actually you are getting a group that try e-cigarettes first and by trying them [are] more likely to go on and try normal cigarettes".

"Further work is now needed to understand fully the mechanisms behind this effect". And they were asked whether any of their friends or family smoked; and what their attitude to smoking was-factors associated with smoking uptake among the young.

E-cigarette use may also have 'normalised' any kind of nicotine use through developing addiction to it, but they point out that there is no direct evidence as yet to back this up.

Professor Kamran Siddiqi, another member of the team from the University of York, said: "Our study highlights the value of regulating marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to adolescents".

It is illegal in the United Kingdom to sell e-cigarettes to under-18s.

"A significant minority of adolescents try cigarettes first (19.9 per cent here) and later initiate cigarette use".

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