Independent 28 October 2019
Family First Comment: “Whether or not children continue with vaping is important – the longer and more frequently you vape, the more you’re exposing yourself to toxins in e-cigarette aerosol and put yourself at risk for nicotine addiction. Regulations that reduce youth exposure to flavoured e-cigarettes may aid in preventing young people who try e-cigarettes from becoming long-term e-cigarette users, and also from inhaling more aerosol into their lungs.”
Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) carried out a study to investigate how flavours of vaping devices impacts regular use of e-cigarettes.
The scientists tracked nearly 500 teenagers from Los Angeles who vaped, assessing them at six-month intervals between 2015 and 2017.
Around nine in 10 of the participants were found to have a preference for e-cigarettes with sweet, fruity or other non-traditional flavours.
Of the teenagers who vaped using non-traditional flavours, 64.3 per cent still regularly smoked e-cigarettes six months later, compared with 42.9 per cent who vaped using flavours such as tobacco or menthol.
The researchers discovered that the participants who smoked e-cigarettes with sweet flavours were more likely to vape more heavily six months later, stating that they took more puffs every time they smoked.
READ MORE: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/vaping-e-cigarettes-fruit-flavour-smoking-nicotine-addiction-teenagers-a9173146.html