A man exhales vapour from an e-cigarette. The government should continue to work to limit sales to youth, the Canadian Medical Association says.

A man exhales vapour from an e-cigarette. The government should continue to work to limit sales to youth, the Canadian Medical Association says.
Photo Credit: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

Study: “vaping” does lead to smoking cigarettes

A new Canadian study seems to put paid to an argument that e-cigarettes keeps young people away from smoking tobacco.

In fact, the study says just the contrary

The study involved some 44,000 teenage students in Ontario and Alberta and it found a strong link to “vaping” and later graduation to smoking cigarettes.

A man exhales e-cigarette vapour. A study of more than 44,000 Grade 9 to 12 students in Ontario and Alberta shows a linkage between so-called vaping and subsequent tobacco use.
A man exhales e-cigarette vapour. A study of more than 44,000 Grade 9 to 12 students in Ontario and Alberta shows a linkage between so-called vaping and subsequent tobacco use. © Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters)

David Hammond, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Waterloo was the lead researcher.

Quoted by the Canadian Press he says, “”We found that youth that had used e-cigarettes were significantly more likely to start smoking a year later. They’re more likely to try smoking and they’re more likely to become daily smokers.”

The research was published in the latest edition of tne Canadian Medical Asosociation Journal (link below).

It seems to confirm an American study of Los Angeles students in 2015 that also found that youth who began with e-cigarettes went on to smoke conventional tobacco products.

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. He says they are the types who also are more likely to try alcohol and marijuana.

The new Canadian study shows that the teens who try vaping are likely to go on to start smoking tobacco. hile e-liguid containing actual addictive nicotine is not supposed to be available, it is easy to come by in Canada
The new Canadian study shows that the teens who try vaping are likely to go on to start smoking tobacco. While e-liquid containing actual addictive nicotine is not supposed to be available, it is easy to come by in Canada © Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

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

The vaping “juice” is available in hundreds of different “flavours and while liquid containing actual nicotine cannot be sold for e-cigarettes in conventional stores where the other liquid is sold, it is readily available both on-line and in specialty vape stores.

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.

It goes on to say,  “In the meantime, regulatory frameworks that succeed in shifting ecigarette use away from youth and concentrating their use among cigarette smokers for the purposes of smoking cessation are likely to have the greatest public health impact”.

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One comment on “Study: “vaping” does lead to smoking cigarettes
  1. Peter Ashcroft says:

    As a non smoker, I believe vaping is a surreptitious way of promoting normal tobacco smoking and should be banned. The main government target is to prevent smoking before it starts, with the younger population.