E-cigarette, chewing tobacco or chewing tobacco: in young people, these products would promote smoking one year later.
90% of smokers smoked their first cigarette when they were 18 years old. For scientists, there is a real challenge to understand what can promote smoking among the youngest.
US researchers have just published a study in JAMA Pediatrics, which shows that the consumption of alternative tobacco products among teens, such as e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and chewing tobacco, favors the transition to smoking a year later.
More and more popular products
10,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 years participated in the study. Lead author of the Benjamin W. Chaffee study explains: "We realized that young people who tried smoking in any form were more likely to become smokers afterwards."
The products analyzed by the researchers were smokeless tobacco, which is chewed, hookahs, cigars and e-cigarettes. The latter is more and more popular among young people, for several years now. The more adolescents use cigarette derivatives, the more likely they are to become smokers afterwards.
In early January, another study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that young people who smoke e-cigarettes are two to three times more likely to smoke than those who have never smoked the e-cigarette.
Even if it contains little or no nicotine, the electronic cigarette can induce addictive behavior, linked to the gesture, which can then lead to smoking.