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Response to headline claiming e-cigarettes 'tempt young into smoking' Image

Response to headline claiming e-cigarettes 'tempt young into smoking'

Articles in the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Mirror on Wednesday 9th September reported that young people who used e-cigarettes were four times more likely to take up smoking. In fact the study focuses on only 16 people and the findings may simply reflect the tendency of some individuals to take risks.

Professor Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

“The study does not show that vaping leads to smoking. Among 16 non-smokers who tried vaping, 6 also reported that they tried at least one puff of a cigarette over the following year. This was predictably a higher proportion than among non-smokers who did not try vaping. Some misleading terminology is used which may have contributed to misinterpretation of the study results. People who tried vaping once are not ‘e-cigarette users’ just as people who tried one puff on a cigarette are not ‘smokers’.

“The study just confirms that cigarettes and e-cigarettes attract the same people who like trying risky things.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 9 September 2015

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