Okay, so a (digital) show of hands here: when research comes out about anything, who expects to see results backed up with conclusive evidence? Yeah, all of you. That’s what we thought.
As if the stories about teens and e-cigs wasn’t drawn out enough, another piece of hilarious research was just put out by the Pharmaceutical Journal. As you’d expect, the journal’s headline was super catchy: “E-cigarettes could be prompting UK teens to start smoking traditional cigarettes, study finds”. That’s sure to drive a ton of curious people to the article. Good job Pharmaceutical Journal writing staff!
Okay, we’re done being facetious. We promise.
We’ve all seen the ridiculous reports about the supposed link between teen e cig users and them starting to smoke tobacco. At first, they claimed that teens were using e-cigs at an alarming rate. Yet, they conveniently failed to mention that these same teens were almost all smokers or ex-smokers who were using e-cigarettes as a means to quit tobacco. Well now, it seems like the Pharmaceutical Journal is trying to claim that teen e cig users are much more likely to try tobacco for the very first time than kids who didn’t use e cigs.
Apparently, the researchers over at the prestigious journal forgot basic common sense regarding teenagers. No matter how much parenting, how much guidance, how much pressure we put on kids, some will be different than others. Some are explorers. Others are very quiet and more structured. Granted, there are various factors at play when it comes to a teenagers behaviour, however this is a rule that everyone understands. As long as cigarettes and/or vaping is viewed as “cool,” and as long as they are legal, there will always be kids who will try these both e cigs and tobacco.
As for the study: we can write an entire article on it but we’ll spare you the boring and repetitive BS. They found that 34% of the teens who tried an e-cig went on to try tobacco for the first time in their lives within a 12 month time frame.
Hey, let’s at least give them some credit. In this report, they admitted that, “While acknowledging that a causal relationship may be plausible, we cannot confirm this based on our findings and the trends observed over the same time period in the UK; rates of e-cigarette use have increased, but the rates of cigarette use have continued to decline.”
That’s a first.
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