Teenagers who use e-cigarettes really are more likely to smoke tobacco in the future, scientists have found.
A study suggests vaping is a gateway to real cigarettes – and youngsters who smoke and vape may use both products more heavily over time.
The results confirm the claims of other experts that e-cigarettes may act as a ‘catalyst’, getting children hooked on nicotine and making smoking socially acceptable so they later turn to tobacco.
A team led by US researchers surveyed more than 2,000 teenagers aged between 16 and 20 over three years.
About a third of vapers were smoking in the first year of the study, but more than half were doing so by the end.