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New Studies Say E-Cigs Can Help Adults to Quit Smoking, But Encourage Teens to Start

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In the past decade, more and more people have started using e-cigarettes. E-cig stores pop up left and right, and major cities like Austin must decide whether or not vaping in public falls into the same category as smoking in public. With the sudden rise of e-cigs, researchers have been quick to study vaping.

Since it’s introduction to the market, e-cigarette fans have claimed that vaping is a great way to quit smoking. Websites like QuitSmokingCommunity.org sing the praises of vaping, but do e-cigs actually help people to quit? A new study covered by ConsumerReports.com says that they can. “E-cigs can apparently provide enough nicotine to keep users satisfied as they wean themselves from tobacco. That, say the study authors, bolsters claims that the electronic devices may help people loosen their dependence on tobacco,” they write.

Though some studies have sung the praises of e-cig use, another has found a correlation between teens starting to smoke cigarettes after starting with an e-cigarette. “The disturbing finding: Teens who had ‘vaped’—used e-cigs—in 12th grade were more than four times more likely to smoke tobacco in the following year than other adolescents,” Consumer Reports explains.

Still, NBC News reports that smoking and vaping among teens were at an all-time low last year. “The decline in use of tobacco products was primarily driven by a drop in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016,” the CDC reports.