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In a new study it is found young people and teens who uses e-cigarettes are also habituated of smoking real cigarettes and other tobacco products. It is found they are less likely to quit smoking. However, experts are divided on the findings.
The study was conducted by professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Stanton Glantz. He said the use of electronic cigarettes is leading to less quitting of smoking. The finding is published online in the JAMA Pediatrics journal.
In his study Prof. Glantz concluded the use of such e-cigarettes may encourage conventional cigarette among the US adolescents and not discourage it.
Other experts contradict to the new finding and said the e-cigarette devices itself are not the cause of the problems and it helps in making youths quit smoking who find hard to do such.
Researcher Thomas J. Glynn at the American Cancer Society said, “The data in this study do not allow many of the broad conclusions that it draws.”
However, the finding is surely to heat up the debate further whether such devices can help the nation’s 45 million smokers quit conventional smoking. Data says three million of the smokers belong to the middle and high school students.
Some says e-cigarettes are the gateway to real smoking where as other hopes it could be a good path to quitting.
Last year a large federal survey data revealed majority of the young people who are using the electronic smoking devices are also real cigarette smokers.