Study finds e-cigarettes ineffective in kicking the habit

Most who try cigarettes become daily smokers       Study shows'remarkable hold of cigarettes

Further, the former group used tobacco products more frequently, progressed to using more than one product, and had lower rates of tobacco cessation than did those who reported not engaging with tobacco marketing.

The data showed that teens who vaped and/or used other forms of non-cigarette tobacco were twice as likely to have smoked cigarettes within 30-days of the one year follow up.

A new study adds to a growing body of evidence linking the use of electronic cigarettes and other non-cigarette tobacco products to future use of conventional cigarettes in teens.

Among the small proportion of teens who had tried e-cigarettes at the start of the study, however, 19 percent had become smokers a year later, as had about 18 percent of hookah users.

"Any use of all forms of non-cigarette tobacco was independently associated with greater risk of future cigarette smoking", the JAMA study authors concluded. In contrast, only about 4% of participants who had not used these tobacco products at baseline reported subsequent cigarette use at follow-up.

Shannon Lea Watkins, Ph.D., from the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues estimated the longitudinal correlation between non-cigarette tobacco use and subsequent cigarette smoking among US adolescents. Health experts in Britain view e-cigarettes as a crucial tool in the fight against tobacco, and a year ago Public Health England even endorsed the devices. "And even if kids use these products and don't convert to cigarette smoking, it's not the only relevant health concern".

The scientists admitted that people who try e-cigarettes may also be more prone to rebellion.

"The elevated risk of cigarette use uptake in young populations who use e-cigarettes is strong and consistent, and this risk is amplified by the presence or amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes", Leventhal, who wasn't involved in the study, said by email. The majority of teens who use these products buy vapes and e-cigarettes with these kinds of flavorings, according another study from the University of MI in 2016.

And in another report released Tuesday, researchers said that almost 3 million American teens had been exposed to online marketing of tobacco, as cigarette manufacturers have shifted their marketing strategies from traditional forms of media to the internet.

"They can communicate to their children that they disapprove of all tobacco products because all of them carry significant risk for getting addicted and perhaps suffering adverse health consequences", Wills said by email.

"We found that the association with future smoking was of approximately the same strength regardless of what type of product adolescents had tried initially", Dr. Chaffee said in an email to The Washington Times.

Funding for this research was provided by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and FDA Center for Tobacco Products, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

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