E-Cigarettes: A trending concern

Washington (WUSA9)---Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, have become the new trend, especially among the younger generation.

A study released today by the University of California's Center for Tobacco Research and Education associated e-cigarettes with higher odds of cigarette smoking among adolescents. A product that has doubled in use between 2011 and 2012. These cigarettes allow users to experience the nicotine effect, similar to a conventional cigarette.

Results showed that in 2011, e-cigarette users were more likely to intend to quit smoking in the following year. However, abstinence rates were lower.

Frank J. Chaloupka, Ph.D. of the University of Illinois at Chicago, wrote in an editorial that e-cigarettes are rapidly increasing in the U.S. Some suggest they will be more popular than traditional cigarettes in the near future.

Dr. Chaloupka notes that the rapid rise in e-cigarettes has spurred concern in the tobacco control community.

"While much remains to be learned about the public health benefits and/or consequences of ENDS use, their exponential growth in recent years, including their rapid uptake among youths, makes it clear that policy makers need to act quickly. Adopting the right mix of policies will be critical to minimizing potential risks to public health while maximizing the potential benefits" Dr. Chaloupka said.

Written by: Brittany Linton, WUSA9


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