A recent study published in the US ‘Journal of Pediatrics’ claiming that teens who use e-cigs are six times more likely to start smoking, is being damned as bad science.
“The authors misinterpret their findings,” explains Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London. “Like several previous studies of this type, this one just shows that people who try things, try things.”
More vaping = less smoking. Fact.
“To assess whether e-cigarette experimentation by adolescents encourages smoking, one has to examine whether an increase in e-cigarette experimentation is accompanied by an increase in smoking on the population level.”
Based on the data available, Hajek stipulates that “as e-cigarette experimentation increased, smoking rates in young people have gone down. In fact, the decline in youth smoking over the past few years has been faster than ever before.”