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E-cigarettes do not lead to the use of traditional cigarettes

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According to Smestreet reports, a recent study conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) indicates that e-cigarettes do not lead people to smoking traditional cigarettes. In another survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed that from 2022 to 2023, the e-cigarette use among U.S. high school students dropped from 14% to 10%, while the youth smoking rate reached a historic low of 1.6%.

The NIHR study compared e-cigarette use with the timeline of sales and similar smoking trajectories but with different regulations on smoking rates and traditional cigarette sales in various countries. The study also found evidence suggesting that these products are competing with traditional cigarettes and may accelerate the decline of smoking. Comparing data from the UK and the U.S. with Australia, where the sale of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes is banned, it was observed that Australia’s rate of reducing smokers is slower than that of the UK and the U.S., while the decline in cigarette sales is faster than in the UK.

In the CDC and FDA’s National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS 2023), it was found that the e-cigarette use among U.S. high school students significantly decreased from 14% in 2022 to 10% this year, reaching a historic low in youth smoking rates. The survey further revealed that approximately 10% of surveyed students had used tobacco products between 2022 and 2023. The overall tobacco use among high school students decreased from 16.5% to 12.6%, with about 580,000 high school students reducing their current e-cigarette use.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has previously claimed that e-cigarette users who have never smoked may have an increased chance of starting smoking in the future. In a Q&A released on the WHO website on May 25, 2022, WHO stated, “Nicotine is highly addictive, and some evidence suggests that non-smoking minors using electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) may have twice the chance of starting to smoke in the future.” This perspective contradicts the findings of the NIHR study and the NYTS 2023 survey.

Sharing his observations, David T Sweanor from the University of Ottawa Law School said, “These findings are crucial as the burden of tobacco-related diseases and deaths is significant worldwide. Today’s research supports the view that e-cigarettes do not prompt people to start smoking. Scientific policies must be based on accurate and experience-based evidence, prioritizing policies that effectively reduce risks, as seen in several countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, and the UK.”


References:CDC & FDA Survey Reveals Positive Impact of E Cigarettes

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