Study of adolescents shows link between smoking e-cigarettes and other tobacco products
Within the past five years, e-cigarettes have rapidly changed the face of smoking. Tobacco companies have heralded vaping as a safe non carcinogenic way to protect longtime smokers from harm and reduce harmful effects of secondhand smoking. But smokers and adults are not the only individuals being exposed to messages that e-cigarettes are “safe”. Youth are beginning to experiment at a rate hard to measure using current data collection methods. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded a longitudinal study on e-cigarette usage among high school youth and found that addiction was still a real concern among e-cigarettes and led to the use of other tobacco products.