Vaping linked to cigarette use in adolescents

Adolescents who use e-cigarettes have double the risk of smoking traditional cigarettes, according to a recent European study.

Between 2013 and 2018, e-cigarette use in young people spiked from 5 percent to nearly 25 percent. Only up to 5 percent of adults use e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have been linked to several cardiovascular conditions including inhibiting the function of blood vessels, stiffening the artery walls, increased heart rate, high blood pressure and heart attacks. The devices also have been preliminarily linked to cancer, lung issues and slow fetal growth.

“Vaping is marketed towards teenagers and the tobacco industry uses celebrities to promote it as being healthier than smoking,” Professor Maja-Lisa Løchen from The Arctic University of Norway, and the study’s senior author, said. “When these studies are pooled together it does not show that e-cigarettes are more effective than conventional, well-tested stop smoking methods. In addition, people who use e-cigarettes for smoking cessation often end up being double consumers of both traditional tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes.”

The study was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology’s journal. It was written by European Association of Preventive Cardiology, a branch of the society that focuses on the cardiovascular effects of e-cigarettes.

Melina Druga

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