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February 19, 2018

United States and United Kingdom public health researchers are analyzing data on vaping, but are coming up with two separate conclusions. The British see mostly benefits from the activity, while the Americans grudgingly admitted that vaping was safer than smoking nicotine cigarettes, but contended that there may also be a gateway from vaping to smoking among teens.

But new e-cigarette reports from Public Health England (PHE) show that there is no conclusive evidenceamong British or American teens that vaping is a gateway to traditional cigarette smoking.teen vaping

Despite some disparities, data from the United States and Canada show similar patterns to the UK report. For example, use of e-cigarettes are more common among young people who have smoked or are smokers than they are among young people who do not or never have.

The PHE also shows that regular use of e-cigarettes among young people who have never smoked is not a major factor – less than 1% - and youth smoking continues on its downward trend.

Other findings in the PHE report:

  • Vaping poses a fraction of the risks as smoking; and making the switch from smoking to vaping has significant health benefits.
  • E-cigarettes could be directly correlated to 20,000 successful new quits per year in the United Kingdom
  • Less than 10% of adults understand that most of the health risks from smoking come from other chemicals, and not the nicotine, in cigarettes.
  • There is no evidence to support that vaping leads to smoking cigarettes. Smoking rates in the UK continue to decline. Regular use is rare and is confined to those who have smoked in the past.

The report also calls out researchers on the topic for irresponsibly scaring smokers away from e-cigarettes, despite not finding any direct correlation to vaping and an increase in smoking.

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