NYT: Study says e-cigs are safer than the real deal
In the last several years, e-cigarettes have exploded onto the smoking scene, marketed as a safer alternative, and a method to kick the smoking habit. A new study says, for those purposes, they work, but it falls short of deeming them safe overall. And for one major reason: teenagers.
The New York Times broke down the results of a study conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Among those results is proof that for long-term smokers, e-cigarettes or vape pens with nicotine are a helpful quitting aid.
But the study also found, they might in the exact opposite way for young adults.
Teens who use vape pens or e-cigarettes might be encouraged to bump their nicotine intake up, and try real cigarettes.
Heavy emphasis on might. Reports assessed during the study could not prove that young adults who vape, will move on to long term use of tobacco.
But they were able to associate the use of e-cigarettes with later smoking of at least one regular cigarette.
According to the study, more than 11 percent of all high schoolers, or 1.7 million, had used e-cigarettes within a month prior.
It also says there’s proof that though safer than actual cigarettes, vaping is addictive.
All that said, the number of smokers in the U.S. has decreased in the last several decades.
The Times article found that as of 2015, 15 percent of Americans 18 and older smoked. That’s down from 21 ten years prior, and 42 in 1965.
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