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Teenagers who start using e-cigarettes are twice as likely to become regular smokers within a year, study claims

TEENAGERS who start vaping are 2½ times as likely to become regular smokers within a year, a study has found. A study of 10,000 12-17-year-olds found e-cigs are a gateway to the real thing. And oth…

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TEENAGERS who start vaping are 2½ times as likely to become regular smokers within a year, a study has found.

A study of 10,000 12-17-year-olds found e-cigs are a gateway to the real thing.

 E-cigarettes can be a 'gateway to the real thing', scientists have foundGetty – Contributor E-cigarettes can be a ‘gateway to the real thing’, scientists have found

And other smoking alternatives including hookahs or smokeless tobacco trigger conventional smoking just as quickly, researchers discovered.

At the beginning of the study none of the youngsters had smoked a cigarette.

When they were interviewed again 12 months later it was found those who tried e-cigs were now 2.53 times more like to have become smokers.

Dr Benjamin Chaffee, head of the University of California study, said: “Youths who initiated tobacco use with non-cigarette products were more likely to have smoked cigarettes one year later than were youths who had never used tobacco.”

 Some teenagers who vape find that their cravings are satisfied more effectively by cigarettes, study claimsGetty – Contributor Some teenagers who vape find that their cravings are satisfied more effectively by cigarettes, study claims

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