March 27, 2014

Concern: Teen E-Cigarettes Lead to Tobacco?

JAMA Pediatrics, in 2013 and 2014 published studies has researched adolescent e-cigarette use.
As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Youth Tobacco Survey of 38,000 middle and high school students, teen smoking and tobacco habits were studied.  Between 2011 and 2012, the number of participants in the group using e-cigarettes doubled, and more participants used them in conjunction with regular cigarettes.  This indicates that the e-cigarettes are not used for tobacco cessation, but may actually increase the actual number of regular smokers.  This is particularly troubling because other studies have shown that most long-term adult smokers started at a young age, and continued.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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