Teenagers who vape are six times more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes than kids who never touch e-cigarettes, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the study was to determine whether electronic vaping devices help smokers quit or only encourage a move to tobacco products.
The survey asked 11th and 12th graders around the age of 17 about their use of different vaping products, including e-cigarettes, e-cigars, and electronic hookahs. Of the 300 participants, 146 used e-cigarettes, while 152 never even tried one. No one in the group admitted to smoking traditional cigarettes.
The researchers waited 16 months and again asked the original survey respondents about their smoking habits. The results showed 40 percent of the e-cigarette users were now smoking tobacco products, compared to only 11 percent of the teens who never even touched one.