Study finds e-cigarettes ineffective in kicking the habit

  • Study finds e-cigarettes ineffective in kicking the habit

Study finds e-cigarettes ineffective in kicking the habit

The lead author of the study said that previous research has shown an association between e-cigarette use and future cigarette smoking, but this study is the first to demonstrate that the association is consistent across every alternate type of tobacco delivery. "Non-cigarette tobacco use is increasing and could stimulate subsequent conventional cigarette smoking in youths". This may have weakened some connections between cigarette smoking and other tobacco products, the authors note.

The Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention received a $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund the study. About 4 percent of teens had vaped at the start of the study, followed by 3 percent who had smoked a hookah, or water pipe, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics.

The researchers studied cigarette-smoking initiation among more than 10,000 participants in the PATH study.

Cigarette use reported in the followup survey was higher among youths who had ever used e-cigarettes (19 percent); hookahs (18.3 percent); non-cigarette combustible tobacco (19.2 percent) or smokeless tobacco (18.8 percent), the researchers found.

Among youth in the study who had tried more than one product at the start, 74 percent has used e-cigarettes and 65 percent had used a hookah. When the teens were asked once again about their use of tobacco, the responses were telling.

However, this study was the first to directly compare these products, as well as compare use of a single product to polyuse of noncigarette products.

The newly reported analysis of the PATH data was unique because of its large size and the inclusion of both e-cigarette and non-e-cigarette tobacco products in the assessment of smoking risk. The results were adjusted for factors like sociodemographic and environmental smoking risk.

In 2016, the FDA banned the sale of e-cigarettes and other such products to anyone younger than 18. Polyuse of two or more noncigarette tobacco products was associated with greater odds of cigarette smoking.

And in another report released Tuesday, researchers said that almost 3 million American teens had been exposed to online marketing of tobacco, as cigarette manufacturers have shifted their marketing strategies from traditional forms of media to the internet. In all, approximately 12,000 adolescents provided information about their use of tobacco products.

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