Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes More Likely to Take Up Tobacco Smoking, New Survey Stirs Controversy Among Vaping Advocates

John Houck - Author

Jun. 13 2016, Updated 11:15 a.m. ET

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.

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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.


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