Teen and young adults between the ages of 13-25 have another reason not to use any type of cigarettes. Those who are using the now popular e-cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes are more likely to move to traditional cigarettes than those who don't use any smoking produces at all, according to a study from the National Cancer Institute.
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The study, from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, ran the study on 694 people between the ages of 16 and 26 who had no intention of ever using traditional cigarettes. Of those 694 people, 16 (2.3%) were using e-cigarettes instead. However, after just one year, six of the e-cigarette smokers had begun smoking - 37.5%. Of those who had not been smoking with e-cigarettes, 65 (9.6%) started smoking traditional cigarettes.
Five of the e-cigarette users at the start of the trial (31.3%) said that they couldn't definitely say that they wouldn't smoke cigarettes compared to 9.3% of the completely non-smokers.
Of course, the study is quite small so there are some pretty significant challenges with this study. In order for it to be proven significant, it would have to be recreated.
According to Reuters, the study, that was published Tuesday and is scheduled for publication in the November edition of the journal JAMA Pediatrics, is one of dozens of research projects seeking to shed light on whether e-cigarettes are a net boon to society or a net negative.
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in heavy discussions to regulate the products, which could dramatically cut the rate of traditional smokers. This study is confirming exactly what they feared - that e-cigarettes are a gateway to more harmful cigarettes.