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E-cigarettes may lead teens to 'regular' smoking

E-cigarettes may lead teens to 'regular' smoking - A study has found that 11 of 16 e-cigarette users between the ages of 16 and 26 had started smoking tobacco within a year of starting electronic cigarette use.

This is compared to 128 of 678 subjects, about 19 percent, who did not use e-cigarettes at the beginning of their smoking experience.

The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics - The Journal of the American Medical Association.

According to the lead author of the study Dr. Brian Primack, an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, "Our report did find that initial e-cigarette users were very likely to progress to regular cigarette smoking."

He said no one knows why that transition is taking place, but there is a lot of speculation. Primack said a novice can start with e-cigarettes, and then reach regular cigarettes when they become used to the nicotine and when they need more.

He said, "Young people traditionally like things, or are more acclimated to, things that are in candy-type flavorings. So this is why, again, young people do not immediately start to drink Jack Daniels, they are drinking some kind of fruity wine cooler."

According to Primack another reason is that it is just more palatable compared to the burning, the coughing that happens when people start using traditional cigarettes.