Study Suggests E-Cigarette Use in Teens May Lead Them to Try Regular Cigarettes

Study Suggests E-Cigarette Use in Teens May Lead Them to Try Regular Cigarettes
A new study suggests teens who try e-cigarettes are much more likely than their peers who don’t use the devices to try regular cigarettes. Among teens who did not use regular cigarettes but had tried e-cigarettes at the start of the study, 20 percent said they smoked their first regular cigarette one year later. In contrast, only 6 percent of nonsmoking teens who had not used e-cigarettes at the beginning of the study had tried regular cigarettes a year later. “E-cigarettes had a risk-promoting effect for onset of smoking,” the University of Hawaii researchers wrote in the journal Tobacco Control . The study included more than 2,000 high school students, who were asked in 2013 and 2014 whether they used e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes. The students were also asked questions to measure a number of other factors including their rebelliousness and willingness to seek out new experiences. Among the students,...
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E-Cigarettes Associated With Less Quitting Among Smokers

E-Cigarettes Associated With Less Quitting Among Smokers
A new study finds e-cigarettes are associated with significantly less quitting among smokers, CBS News reports. Adult smokers who used e-cigarettes were 28 percent less likely to stop smoking regular cigarettes, researchers found. The findings, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine , are the largest to date to address the question of whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit. “E-cigarettes should not be recommended as effective smoking cessation aids until there is evidence that, as promoted and used, they assist smoking cessation,” said lead researcher Dr. Sara Kalkhoran, who was at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) when the research was conducted. She is now at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The researchers reviewed 38 studies that evaluated the link between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation among adult smokers. Of those, they chose 20 studies that had control groups of smokers who did not use e-cigarettes, and combined the...
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Some E-Cigarettes Contain Enough Alcohol to Affect Motor Skills

Some E-Cigarettes Contain Enough Alcohol to Affect Motor Skills
Some types of e-cigarettes contain enough alcohol to affect motor skills, a new study concludes. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquids, which may contain alcohol and other chemicals. Yale University researchers tested people who used two commercially available e-cigarettes with either high or low amounts of alcohol. Neither group said they felt differently after they inhaled the vapor. But those who used e-cigarettes with high alcohol levels performed more poorly on psychomotor tests. In some cases, they had detectable levels of alcohol in their urine. “They didn’t actually know they were under the influence of alcohol,” lead researcher Dr. Mehmet Sofuoglu told CNBC. “It still influenced their performance.” About three-quarters of the commercial e-cigarette liquids tested contained less than 1 percent alcohol. Some e-cigarette users create their own liquids with high alcohol content, the researchers note in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence . Almost nothing is known about the...
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7 in 10 Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads

7 in 10 Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads
Seven in 10 teens are exposed to e-cigarette ads, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Teens see the ads on TV, in print, online and at retail outlets, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a news release. “I hope all can agree that kids should not use e-cigarettes.” The report did not show a direct link between advertising and teen e-cigarette use, the article notes. The CDC reported last year that e-cigarette use among teens tripled from 2013 to 2014. An estimated 13 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2014, compared with 9 percent who smoked traditional cigarettes. Many e-cigarette ads use themes such...
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CDC: Almost 13 Percent of U.S. Adults Have Tried E-Cigarettes

CDC: Almost 13 Percent of U.S. Adults Have Tried E-Cigarettes
A new government study finds that almost 13 percent of U.S. adults have tried e-cigarettes, the Los Angeles Times reports. Almost 4 percent of adults use the devices on a regular basis. In contrast, 15.2 percent of American adults smoke traditional cigarettes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. The new figures offer the first comprehensive picture of e-cigarette use among U.S. adults, the CDC researchers said. E-cigarette use among teens tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to a government report released in April. An estimated 13 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes last year—compared with 9 percent who smoked traditional cigarettes. The new study found that among adults, e-cigarettes are more widely used among current and recent former smokers, compared with nonsmokers and people who smoked long ago. Almost half of current smokers said they had tried an e-cigarette, and 16 percent continued to...
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