Author: Shraddha Chakradher
STAT morning rounds
A survey of U.S. youth who were followed for four years finds that those who try e-cigarettes are three times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes than those who don’t try the devices. The study included data from those who were between the ages of 12-24. Nearly two-thirds of this group had tried tobacco, and by the end of the fourth year, 12% were daily tobacco users. And while the risk was still small, 10% of those who tried e-cigarettes were likely to be daily smokers later, compared to 3% of those who didn’t vape. At the same time, daily smoking was six percentage points less among those who experimented with vaping after they turned 18.