Youth that use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are more likely to use traditional cigarettes.
While new technology in the tobacco world can be helpful to those that wish to quit smoking, for those non-smokers, it can actually get them hooked on using nicotine. According to a study conducted by UC San Francisco, the youth population is most likely group to try these devices out of sheer curiosity.
In the words of the lead author of this research, Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, “E-cigarettes are encouraging – not discouraging – youth to smoke and to consume nicotine, and are expanding the tobacco market.” The study adds that the fall in youth tobacco use in the United States is likely due to public health campaigns, not the use of e-cigarettes.
One factor that contributes to youth’s curiosity is the different flavors the device offers and that its sales are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Connections have been found between e-cigarettes and nicotine use among youth that, if it weren’t for the device, would not have been at risk of smoking. According to this study’s conclusions, e-cigarettes have progressively increased, not decreased, the combined use of the electronic device and traditional cigarettes among youth.