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E-Cigarettes Are Expanding Tobacco Product Use Among Youth

Excerpted from an article published online by the University of California San Francisco.  Link to full article can be found below.

E-cigarettes – thought by some to be responsible for a decline in youth cigarette smoking – are actually attracting a new population of adolescents who might not otherwise have smoked tobacco products, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

In the first national analysis of the impact of e-cigarettes on trends in youth smoking in the United States, UCSF researchers did not find evidence that e-cigarettes have caused youth smoking to decline. In fact, combined e-cigarette and cigarette use among adolescents in 2014 was higher than total cigarette use in 2009, according to the study.

The authors concluded that the low-risk youth in the study, who went on to smoke regular cigarettes, may not have used nicotine at all if e-cigarettes did not exist.

The study will be published online Jan. 23, 2017, in Pediatrics as well as the February print issue of the journal.


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Authored by Elizabeth Fernandez, published online on Jan 23, 2017.