Teenagers and E-cigarettes
December 15, 2014
How many high-school students are using electronic cigarettes? A new study published in the journal Pediatrics offers numbers and possible risk factors.
Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 students in Hawaii. They asked them about their use of e-cigarettes, tobacco cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana. The surveys also included questions about parental support, academic involvement, peer smoking and other risky behaviors.
- 29% of the teens said they had used e-cigarettes, a majority of them within the past month.
- 17% reported using e-cigarettes only while
- 12% said they used both e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes.
The data also showed that students who only used e-cigarettes had fewer psychosocial risk factors for smoking than students who used both products.
The researchers say this raises the possibility that e-cigarettes are recruiting medium-risk adolescents to cigarette smoking who might otherwise be less susceptible to tobacco use.
They are calling for longer studies to examine how initial e-cigarette use may be linked to subsequent smoking-related attitudes and cigarette behavior in young people.
Visite Teenagers and E-cigarettes para mayor información, y para ver el video de la Dra. Cindy Haines. Afortunadamente, en Panamá se ha prohibido el uso y la comercialización de cigarrillos electrónicos. Ver Panamá prohíbe uso y comercialización de cigarrillos electrónicos en este mismo blog, en donde podrá leer el Decreto Ejecutivo No. 1838 de 5 de diciembre de 2014.