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19 August 2017, 06:56 | Violet Powell
It's also worth pointing out that the study didn't address whether e-cigs might appeal to people who would otherwise not smoke or vape at all.
E-cigarettes may be prompting United Kingdom teens to start smoking the real thing, and to escalate tobacco consumption, finds the first United Kingdom study to report this trend, and published online in the journal Tobacco Control.
"Since heavy smokers smoke more cigarettes per day initially, they may feel the impact of a price increase to a greater degree and be more likely to cut back on the number of cigarettes they smoke on a daily basis", Mayne said.
The research, published online in the British Medical Journal's specialised Tobacco Control journal on Thursday, suggested there may be evidence e-cigarettes could be leading United Kingdom teenagers to try tobacco smoking. Just 12% of non-daily vapers reported quitting smoking within the past five years.
A British study into smoking and e-cigarette use among United Kingdom teenagers has produced mixed results, prompting scientists to caution against altering policy decisions or public health advice until evidence becomes clearer.
The analysis was published online this week in the journal Addictive Behaviors. "What our data seem to be suggesting is that actually you are getting a group that try e-cigarettes first and by trying them [are] more likely to go on and try normal cigarettes". "We don't know that", he said. This could translate to becoming a nicotine habit that encourages users to smoke cigarettes in the coming years.
Daniel and his team looked at data from the 2014 and 2015 National Health Interview Survey in the USA and narrowed down the smokers and former smokers who quit in 2010 or later.
One-quarter of the sample identified themselves as former smokers. Little did he know that his dependency on e-cigarettes would lead to throat infections and bleeding gums.
In the 2,836 students who took part in the study, most had never smoked tobacco, but a third admitted to have used e-cigarettes.
The global scientific community is divided over e-cigarettes and whether or not they are a useful public health tool as a nicotine replacement therapy.
Cristine Delnevo, the study's second author, said: "Without knowing details about device attributes, user experiences, and motivations for e-cigarette use, reasons for low cessation rates among infrequent e-cigarette users are unclear".
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