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E-cigarettes attract low risk adolescents to smoking, say researchers

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j368 (Published 24 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j368
  1. Jacqui Wise

Electronic cigarettes can encourage young people to smoke and to consume nicotine and are expanding the tobacco market, warn the authors of a large US study published in the journal Pediatrics.1

The study examined data from more than 140 000 middle and high school students who completed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national youth tobacco survey from 2004 to 2014.

Current smoking among adolescents decreased from 15.8% in 2004 to 6.4% in 2014. However, the decline in cigarette smoking did not accelerate …

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