There are various reports claiming that vaping prevents a person from trying cigarettes. However, a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics claims that those who vape are more likely to use tobacco.
The researchers came to this conclusion after following a total of 300 students, half of which use e-cigars while the rest don't. Nearly a year and a half later, 40 percent of the vapers went on to start smoking cigarettes, compared to only 10 percent of the non-vaping group.
At the beginning of the study, the researchers asked the participants if they had a firm commitment to never smoke cigarettes. The vapers who said they don't were around six times more likely to actually do so.
"Adolescents who had never smoked, but who had used e-cigarettes, were substantially more likely to begin smoking combustible cigarettes over the next year," lead author Jessica Barrington-Trismis said in a statement released on National Library of Medicine.
"The increase in e-cigarette use, which may be followed by increases in cigarette use, could result in an erosion of the progress that has been made over the last several decades in tobacco control," she added.
Researchers say that while they can't conclude that vaping leads to a higher likelihood of smoking, the result of the study shows connection.
"We can't definitively conclude that e-cigarettes cause kids to smoke cigarettes [but] those who had used e-cigarettes at baseline were substantially more likely to begin smoking combustible cigarettes," Trismis said.
Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) said vaping is not advisable and may even be harmful to the body.
"Di tayo nakakasiguro kung anong substance ang ginagamit diyan, potentially harmful ito eh diretso pa sa baga," Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag told ABS-CBN in an interview.
If you want to quit smoking, cardiologist-internist Dr. Willie Ong advises to try nicotine replacement therapy. "Although currently off the local market, these nicotine preparations can help increase your likelihood to quit smoking. They come in the form of nicotine gum, nicotine patch, and lozenges."
You may also want to consult a lung doctor for help.
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