Our teenagers are smoking less now, says a new research. According to researchers, young people are indulging more into E-cigarettes that are acting as a roadblock to conventional smoking. Study conducted by the Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR) reveals that the number of teenagers involved in smoking has declined constantly since 2007 and now only 11 percent of teens are involved in smoking as in 2016.
Study authors found growing trend of E-cigarettes among high school students. In the study, it was found that school going kids use e-cigs at least once in 30 days. Use of E-cigarettes was less than 3 percent in last decade while 5 percent teenagers were using E-cigarettes by 2011.
Although, the Food and Drug Administration has applied strict laws over all tobacco products and only people above 18 years can buy cigarettes, still there has been a significant rise in the number of smokers.
“There was very little indication amongst the young people interviewed that e-cigarettes were resulting in an increased likelihood of young people smoking,” said Dr. Neil McKeganey who led the research.
Previous study has revealed that E-cigarettes lead to smoking cigarettes. A teenager using e-cigs has higher chances of indulging in smoking. E-cigarettes cause 95 percent less harm than the conventional cigarettes but its long-term use can make a teenager addicted to smoking and drive him towards smoking tobacco cigarettes.
As of now, e-cigs are acting as a roadblock to smoking conventional cigarettes. It is also because most of the teenagers believe that e-cigs do not cause any harm to health. “It’s more concerning, particularly for the young people who currently smoke, that inaccurate perceptions of e-cigarettes could result in the persistent use of combustible tobacco irrespective of the fact that Public Health England has concluded vaping is 95 percent less harmful than conventional cigarettes,” said McKeganey.