Is Vaping A Gateway To Smoking?
One of the most hotly debated topic among scientists, medical personnel and vaping experts is whether e-cigarettes and vaping is a gateway to smoking. There have been innumerable conflicting reports in the UK, US and across the world, with many major health organisations, such as Public Health England, supporting the use of e-cigarettes as a means of quitting smoking with opposing health reports indicating that vaping drives people to smoking.
You may have read very powerful headlines in blogs, the newspaper or online suggesting that e-cigs are a gateway to smoking, with many stipulating that teens are particularly in danger of being lured into tobacco cigarettes. Smoking rates have decreased dramatically in recent years, and many smokers have attributed e-cigs as key in helping them quit. In August, Public Health England labeled studies linking teenage vapers with smoking traditional cigarettes "unfounded", arguing that there is no evidence that vaping leads to smoking among young people. The health organisation also endorsed e-cigarettes in the annual Stoptober campaign in 2017, the month of October which encourages smokers to kick their habits.
Some studies have argued that e-cigs makes it twice as likely that users will develop a tobacco addiction, and some have even said 10 times as likely. There are fears within the scientific community that e-cig reports of this nature may be exaggerated and could mislead legislators and the public.