People under 20 who used vapes were found to be more than three times as likely to have ever smoked tobacco cigarettes

Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to take up tobacco cigarettes, according to an international review of research into vaping.

People under 20 who used vapes were more than three times as likely to have ever smoked tobacco cigarettes, and more than twice as likely to have smoked cigarettes in the previous month, according to a review of 25 studies globally.

The review, published in the journal Plos One, was led by Australian researchers and funded by the World Health Organization. It analysed vaping studies in several countries, including the US, UK and Germany.

The researchers concluded there was “an urgent need for governments internationally to take action to regulate the availability and marketing of [e-cigarette] products to children and adolescents”.

Serene Yoong, an associate professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and the study’s lead author, said the findings pointed to the need for youth prevention programs and better regulation of e-cigarette products.

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Donna Lu – The Guardian – 2021-09-08.

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