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Teens who use e-cigarettes with high levels of nicotine more likely to smoke regularly

November 10, 2017

When adolescents use e-cigarettes with higher nicotine concentrations, they are over two times more likely to smoke frequently and nearly two times more likely to vape, according to research published in JAMA Pediatrics.

“In 2016, 11% of American 10th grade students reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. Prospective data demonstrate that youths who vape are more likely to initiate and progress to more frequent and heavy smoking,” Nicholas I. Goldenson, BA, from the department of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “… Identifying factors that underlie the progression of smoking and vaping among adolescents is critical for understanding, estimating and preventing adverse health consequences of e-cigarette use among youths.”

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