A new study has revealed that our young generation thinks that hookah and e-cigarettes are less harmful when compared to cigarettes. Researchers from Rutgers University said that people younger than 25 years believes cigarettes are more harmfull than hookah and e-cigarettes while people between 25 and 34 years rate hookah and cigarettes equally risky and harmful for health.
“A substantial proportion of non-smokers may view hookah as a safer and acceptable way to use tobacco,” said Cristine D. Delnevo from Rutgers University in US. Nearly quarter of adults in the US rates hookah a safer option than cigarettes.
The study was based on 2,871 participants aged between 18 to 35 years. Some participants were regular smokers while some hadn’t touched any form of tobacco in their entire life. All the participants were interviewed and their answers were recorded.
After analysing the details, researchers noted that 62.1 percent of volunteers aged between 18 to 24 rated e-cigarettes less risky than cigarettes while 54.6 percent of 25 to 34 year-olds believed e-cigarettes to be less risky.
When it comes to hookah, 57.8 percent people aged between 18 to 24 years believe it to be safer than cigarettes. While 18.5 percent people of age group 25 to 34 years said that hookah is less risky than cigarettes. As much as 11.4 percent people were unsure which one affects health more.
In addition, 50 percent participants believed that menthol cigarettes are more harmful than normal cigarettes. Also, they rated cigars and smokeless tobacco more dangerous and risky than cigarette.
Researchers believe that this notion among our teens might be due to advertisement and different packaging styles in which they are offered. Advertisements tend to incline teens towards the newly launched product.However, study authors warned our young generations to keep distance with hookah and e-cigarettes as they are equally likely affect health adversely and cause cancer.
Moreover, previous studies have shown that regular use of e-cigs and hookah drifts our adult generation towards smoking cigarettes. To counter it, a proposal to ban e-cigs for under 18 people has been made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration upon which decision will be made very shortly.
The study appeared in the SAGE journal Health Education & Behaviour.