Vaping Does NOT Lead to Smoking Among Teens According to Study
One of the worst arguments out there against vaping is that it acts as a “gateway” to smoking harmful combustible cigs. Most vapers know that many people who vape are actually former smokers, and those who are not, don't typically become smokers. Recent stories in the media have focused particularly on the idea that vaping leads to smoking among teens, but a new survey commissioned by the anti-smoking organisation, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), proves those fears to be unfounded.
The numbers of 11- to 18-year-olds who had tried or were familiar with vaping were up from 4% in 2013 to 10% this year, but this is to be expected with the spread in popularity of vaping among the general public. Among the teens who had tried it, most said they only vape once or twice a month. The survey also found that the 2.4% of vapers who do it regularly were already smokers when they started vaping.
“These results should reassure the public that electronic cigarettes are not linked with any rise in young people smoking,” said Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at ASH.
This news comes only weeks ahead of a ban on sales of vaping products to children under 18. Banning the sale of tobacco products of any kind to kids sounds like a reasonable idea to us, and to Professor Kevin Fenton, director of Public Health England, who says that the measure will “reinforce the message that they [electronic cigarettes] are intended for smokers who want to cut down or stop smoking.”Picture credit: TBEC Review