WATERLOO, Ontario (WIVB) — A new study says teens who use e-cigarettes double their risk of smoking traditional cigarettes.
The research comes from the University of Waterloo and Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
They looked at students in middle and high school. Those who tried vaping were more than two times more likely to be “susceptible to smoking traditional tobacco”
The study addresses a key question many have debated in recent years: Do e-cigarettes lead to cigarette smoking?
The study’s co-author says the answer is “yes,” at least for teens.
The findings were published this week in the Canadian journal Preventive Medicine.
Last year, we talked to a pediatrician about the dangers e-cigarettes pose for kids.
“We do know for a fact that there’s enough toxic chemicals and cancer causing chemicals in the smoke that’s being inhaled right now to make it a bad idea for children and adults,” Dr. Steve Lana said.
The rate of teenagers using e-cigarettes in the U.S. has steadily climbed.
By 2015, 16 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes.