MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers who use electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke the real thing, new research suggests.
The study, which included almost 2,100 California high school students, found that one-quarter had ever “vaped” (tried e-cigarettes). Ten percent of the teens were currently using e-cigarettes. And those current users were much more likely than their peers to also smoke cigarettes. One-third of e-cigarette users also smoked tobacco cigarettes, versus 1 percent of kids who’d never vaped.
Researchers said the findings do not prove e-cigarettes act as a gateway to tobacco use.
But they raise the possibility that e-cigarettes are encouraging a more tobacco-friendly culture among kids, said study leader Jessica Barrington-Trimis, a researcher at the University of Southern California.
The study also found that most kids who used e-cigarettes also had friends or family members who used them. And about half believed these…
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