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May 17, 2017

Vaping shown not a gateway to smoking

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460316304440

 

Highlights

• E-cig and cigarette use has not been studied in college students longitudinally.
• Ever and current e-cig use increased non-smokers chances of trying cigarettes.
• Historically internalizing/externalizing factors predict cigarette uptake strongly.
Most internalizing/externalizing factors examined did not predict e-cig uptake.
• Males and marijuana users were more likely to initiate e-cig use.

The study published by Virginia Commonwealth University  can be located online.  The leader of the e-cig study is listed as Tory Spindle, a graduate student in the VCU Health Program.  The faculty advisor is listed as Dr. Thomas Eissenberg, Professor of Health Psychology.

  • Of the 3,757 students, only six would eventually switch from vaping to smoking over the course of the study.
  • Meanwhile, another twenty students who were already active smokers at the onset of the study successfully transitioned to vaping within the course of the study.
  • A whopping 45 students who were dual users of tobacco products and vaping technology at the onset of the study eventually quit smoking altogether.
  • The 3,757-member control group consisted of diverse sampling of college students
    • 34% men
    • 66% women
    • 45% Caucasian
    • 21% Black
    • 19% Asian
    • 6% Hispanic.

The trouble with scientific research like that from VCU is that anti-vaping activists often try to spin the results to support their outlandish claims.  For example, Dr. Stanton Glantz from the University of California zeroed in on the VCU study’s assertion that vaping led to a 3.4 increase in experimentation with cigarettes.  However, he failed to highlight the most significant scientific conclusion in the entire report.

“CURRENT E-CIGARETTE USERS AT BASELINE WERE NO MORE LIKELY TO PROGRESS TO CURRENT SMOKING THAN YOUNG ADULTS WHO WERE NOT USING E-CIGARETTES.”

Yes, college students tend to push their boundaries and at least try a tobacco cigarette at some point in their young lives.  And statistics generally show that if smokers get hooked at an early age, then they tend to remain active smokers for decades.


OP found on https://www.vapes.com/blogs/news/e-cig-study-by-vcu-disputes-claims-that-vaping-is-a-gateway-to-smoking

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