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What Makes E-cigarette So Popular Among Teens
Electronic cigarettes are a hit among teens these days. There will be fewer teenagers who have not tried
e-cigarette even once. Curiosity, peer pressure, and a slew of flavors in which e-cigarettes are offered are
some of the reasons that make it difficult to resist.
Apart from the fun,
many teens also
continue smoking ecigarettes in the hope
that the habit will help
says a recent study.
Teens also found ecigarettes
cheaper, it said. Teens
who tried e-cigarettes
for their low cost,
the six months of the
researcher of the
Krishnan-Sarin, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.
The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics in August 2016, surveyed 340 e-cigarette users in two
middle schools and three high schools in 2013, and tried to find out the reasons for their first trial of ecigarettes.
E-cigarettes should be made less attractive
Some of the reasons cited by the teens for trying e-cigarette were:
Curiosity: 57 percent
Good flavors: 42 percent
Peer influence: 33 percent
Healthier option than cigarettes: 26 percent
Not smelly: 21 percent
Good to use anywhere: 21 percent
The researchers found that those who tried to quit smoking were 14 times more at risk of continuing with
e-cigarettes than those who’d used them for other reasons. The results suggested that policymakers
should make e-cigarettes less attractive so that their rampant use among teenagers may be checked.
The researchers revisited the teens after six months to know whether they were still using e-cigarettes. If
yes, what was the rationale behind it? Those who cited low cost and their utility in quitting smoking ended
up using more e-cigarettes than those who cited other reasons. But other reasons also predicted
continued use of e-cigarettes.
According to lead researcher Krysten Bold, “The most robust predictors were the low cost and trying ecigarettes to quit smoking.”
E-cigarettes of no help to quit smoking
The researchers found that e-cigarettes don’t deliver for all the reasons cited by the teenagers. They said
that e-cigarettes didn’t help the teens quit smoking. It revealed that four out of five teens were smoking
regular cigarettes even after six months.
“Even though they said they were using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, it doesn't appear to have necessarily
helped them,” Krishnan-Sarin said. Though e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, they do contain
nicotine and this is harmful. The fear looms large that e-cigarettes might create a new breed of smokers
with teens hooked on nicotine turning to tobacco for a stronger dose.
The new guidelines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2016 announced to ban sale
of e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 18. The regulations came into effect on August 8, 2016. According
to experts, advertisements also play an important role in making cigarettes attractive to teens.
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