Teenaged and young vapers in their earlier 20s have not accepted the notion that using e-cigarettes increases the chances of smoking in a new revealing study.
According to a study published in the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, teenagers and young adult vapers do not believe that they’re more likely to use traditional tobacco than the average person.
The study interviewed 50 vapers between the age of 16 and 26. Half of the stimulus was current smokers, 19 were former smokers and three had never smoked.
The results found that many young people do not believe it makes sense to smoke tobacco when there are e-cigarettes, a healthier alterative, widely available. Thus, it appears young vapers do not believe that vaping increases their chances of smoking.
“There was overwhelming consensus amongst our participants that vaping is not making smoking more socially acceptable and that, if anything, it is making cigarettes seem even less acceptable,” said Dr. Neil McKeganey, Director of the Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR) and the main author of the study.
And based on the majority of mainstream science’s findings, it’s difficult to dispute the opinions of the young vapers who have participated in the study.
A new study has also found that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking, and recent statistics have shown that smoking is at an all time low in Britain as people continue to realise the health benefits and switch to vaping.