According to a new research, teenagers who use e-cigarettes will most likely try smoking real cigarettes at one point in their life, which could lead to nicotine addiction. The new study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Southern California and according to their findings, 10% of the teenagers involved in the study were currently vaping from e-cigarettes and used them frequently. The researchers found that the probability of these teenagers to start smoking tobacco cigarettes was very high.
The study suggests that about 40% of the teenagers who are frequent e-cigarette users have never tried smoking a regular tobacco cigarette. Although this might sound like a positive aspect, the experts worry that the vaporizers are attracting a new group of teens who wouldn’t have been interested in smoking at all. The researchers fear that the e-cigarettes could normalize smoking regular cigarettes and more young Americans will try it.
Jessica Barrington-Trimis, one of the study’s lead authors, explained that e-cigarettes often have nicotine in the vaping liquid. This could produce a psychological addiction to nicotine and could lead to regular cigarettes among the teens. Barrington-Trimis worries that e-cigarettes could lead to the normalization of real smoking and that’s something health officials are concerned with.
According to the new research, 91% of the teenagers who vape have a positive opinion about e-cigarettes and don’t find them dangerous for the health. The researchers fear that these positive attitudes toward the electronic devices may lead to real smoking among teens, which declined over the past years. Barrington-Trimis added that a positive view on e-cigarettes could help them become more normalized in the public eye.
In order to come to these conclusions, the scientists collected and examined data from more than 2,000 high schools students from California. The results showed that teenagers who currently vape also have a family member or a friend who uses e-cigarettes.
According to Barrington-Trimis, the teenagers involved in the study who also have vaper friends were about 100 times more likely to use the electronic devices themselves, as compared to the young subjects who said they didn’t have friends or family members who vape. The researchers believe this finding is very important and reveals more about the psychological implications of e-cigarette users.
Although the long-term effects of e-cigarettes have not been established, experts say that the liquid nicotine is addictive and can affect the development of the teenagers’ brains.
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