As per a study that was conducted by Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR), e-cigarettes are serving as a roadblock to smoking for young people.
The findings of the study were presented at the Global Forum on Nicotine, and it showed that e-cigarettes lower the likelihood of young folks beginning to smoke.
Employing qualitative interviews with people that are aged between 16 and 25 in Scotland and England, the majority of those who were part of the study stated that e-cigarettes decreased the chances of them and other people starting to get hooked up with smoking.
Dr. Neil McKeganey, who is at the helm of the study said that “There was very little indication amongst the young people interviewed that e-cigarettes were resulting in an increased likelihood of young people smoking.” He added, “In fact, the majority we interviewed, including those who were vaping, perceived smoking in very negative terms and saw vaping as being entirely different to smoking.”
One of the participants in the study said, “I think vaping is having an effect on smoking cigarettes in that it’s taking away from it. People are moving off cigarettes and moving onto vaping.”
Most of the participants in the study stated, “vaping will make smoking decline.” Conflicting media coverage over the safety of e-cigarettes has left much confused about how dangerous they really are.
McKeganey said, “While it is encouraging to see that young people appear to be quite clear about the role of e-cigarettes in society (devices utilized by smokers who are attempting to – or already have – stop smoking).”
The study’s findings were opposite to a previous study that linked e-cigarettes to teenage smoking. The study was spearheaded by Jessica Barrington-Trimis and was considered as misleading. The findings of the controversial study were published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.
Sources: Daily Caller