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"vaping" does lead to smoking cigarettes

"Youth may be trying e-cigarettes before smoking because they are easier to access: until recently, youth could legally purchase e-cigarettes without nicotine, whereas regular cigarettes cannot be sold to young people under 18 years of age", said study author David Hammond.

Researchers in Canada tracked 44,163 pupils, aged 14 to 18, at 89 schools in Ontario and Alberta. The finding is consistent with previous studies.

Hammond says also that youth who try e-cigarettes are the ones who experiment with other risky things, starting with e-cigarettes, and then cigarettes.

There are some important differences to note between US and Canadian e-cigarette laws. But the question remains whether e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking cigarettes or if those kids would have taken up the habit anyway. Inhale just the vaporized nicotine, and users are spared the toxins of traditional cigarettes.

Despite the research showing an association between e-cigarettes and cigarette smoking, it is minimal - at least for now.

Health experts agree that the devices are much safer than smoking tobacco - and the gadgets are thought to have helped 22,000 people quit smoking each year.

One of the fiercely contested aspects of these gaps is use of the gadgets among youg people.

"At the individual level, e-cigarettes may be causally related to cigarette smoking because they provide early exposure to nicotine or greater exposure to environmental risk factors, including greater exposure to smokers or certain social settings", the study says.

He's with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

According to the NHS Digital report Statistics on Smoking, published in June 2017, 35 per cent of 15 year olds reported having ever used an e-cigarette.

"The study concludes however by saying", The current study provides strong evidence that e-cigarettes are associated with initiation of cigarette smoking among youth; however, the controversy as to whether e-cigarette use "causes" cigarette-smoking initiation will undoubtedly persist. This suggests that if e-cigarettes are leading to use of regular cigarettes, the effect may be modest, according to the authors of the study published October 30 in the Canadian Medial Association Journal.

He says they may try vaping before cigarettes because its easier to come by as tobacco can not be sold to young people.



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