Print Edition - 2019-04-04 | Health and Living
E-cigarettes haven’t made teen smoking cool again: study
Apr 4, 2019-
The rapid spread of e-cigarette use among young teenagers has not slowed the decline in smoking in the same age group, much less reversed it, according to a new study. Nor has vaping caused 13-to-15 year olds canvassed in Britain to see tobacco use in a more positive light, researchers reported Tuesday.
The findings, published in the BMJ journal Thorax, are the latest to conclude that nicotine-delivering electronic cigarettes are not, as once feared, a gateway drug for tobacco. “Our research does not support the hypothesis that e-cigarettes ‘renormalised’ youth smoking during a period of growing but largely unregulated use in the UK,” the study concluded.
But neither did it alleviate growing concern about the health consequences of vaping, which remain largely unknown in part because the practice is so new. It took decades, experts point out, to determine that smoking tobacco—which accounts for more than seven million premature deaths worldwide every year—is truly dangerous. Research showed that e-cigarette use increases the likelihood of heart attacks, coronary artery disease and depression by 34, 25 and 55 percent.
Published: 04-04-2019 12:19