Vaping is a gateway to smoking cigarettes as it gets users hooked on nicotine, research suggests

Youngsters who vape are three times more likely to become regular cigarette smokers.

Researchers studied children and young adults and found vaping is a gateway to smoking as it causes a nicotine addiction. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine in vaporised liquid.

The University of California, San Diego, studied 12 to 24-year-olds over four years and found that among those who reported vaping in their first interview, their risk of daily smoking increased from 3 to 10 per cent four years later. 

Researchers studied children and young adults and found vaping is a gateway to smoking as it causes a nicotine addiction

Researchers studied children and young adults and found vaping is a gateway to smoking as it causes a nicotine addiction

Professor John P Pierce said: ‘This is the first paper that actually looks at progression to dependent cigarette smoking among young adults.

‘In these data, e-cigarettes are a gateway for those who become daily cigarette smokers.

‘The start product has changed from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, but the end product has stayed the same.

‘When users become dependent on nicotine, they are converting to cigarette smoking.’

‘Trying e-cigarettes and multiple other tobacco products before the age of 18 is also strongly associated with becoming daily cigarette smoking,’ said senior author Karen Messer, of UCSD. 

You must be 18 or over in the UK to vape.

Public Health England’s most recent report on vaping suggests vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco cigarettes and recommends people who do not vape and do not smoke should not start.

But the research shows that vaping acts as a way in to smoking.

The University of California, San Diego, studied 12 to 24-year-olds over four years and found that among those who reported vaping in their first interview, their risk of daily smoking increased from 3 to 10 per cent four years later [File photo]

The University of California, San Diego, studied 12 to 24-year-olds over four years and found that among those who reported vaping in their first interview, their risk of daily smoking increased from 3 to 10 per cent four years later [File photo]

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