It seems that everywhere you turn now, someone has an e-cigarette dangling from their mouth -- whether you're at the bar or on your lunch break at work. While manufacturers claim these electronic stogies help people kick the habit of smoking cigarettes, a UC San Francisco study released today finds just the opposite. In fact, the study says, e-cigarettes might actually be a gateway for youths who get hooked on real cigarettes.
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Released by Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, UCSF professor of medicine and postdoctoral fellow Lauren M. Dutra, the study interpreted data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by 40,000 middle and high school students in 2011 and 2012.
The research found that during that time, youth use of e-cigarettes doubled from 3.1 to 6.5 percent. On top of that, researchers found that some kids were introduced to nicotine through e-cigarettes, which Dutra says opens up a "whole new market for tobacco."More »