Bad news e-cig fans. Another study found that young adults and teens who smoke electronic cigarettes are more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes within a year than those who do not smoke.
Like other studies, this one does not prove that e-cigarettes lead to tobacco use. What it does suggest is that teens who are susceptible to nicotine addiction could get their start by vaping, something many believe is harmless.
The latest study, published online Tuesday and scheduled for the November issue of JAMA Pediatrics, did not investigate whether the six e-cigarette users who had started smoking traditionally were doing so on a regular basis, according to Reuters. It also failed to mention if they were using both cigarettes and e-cigarettes or just experimenting.
The authors of the study worked to adjust for variables like these that may have been responsible for the progression of some e-cigarette smokers to traditional smokers. The study showed that people using e-cigarettes at the beginning of the study were more likely to participate in sensation-seeking behavior and could have been more likely to smoke anyway.
The authors found that no matter what, there is an association between e-cigarettes and the progression toward smoking. “It will be important to continue surveillance among youth of both e-cigarette use and overlap with use of other tobacco products,” they wrote.
This study comes at a time in which e-cigarettes are everywhere. The study is one of several research projects looking to highlight whether e-cigarettes are a good thing or a bad thing.
The number of middle school and high school students using electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to the Washington Post. This increase has caused public health officials to fear that their decades of effort getting the public not to smoke could be affected.
A second study, also published Tuesday, seems to show that their efforts will not be diminished. The study displayed that higher cigarette taxes and smoking bans discourage smoking, NBC News reports.