A group of American doctors compared how quickly and how addiction develops in adolescents who use different forms of tobacco or nicotine-containing products.
JAMA Network Open reports that doctors have found evidence that e-cigarettes make teen smokers more addicted to nicotine faster and more than all other forms of tobacco and nicotine products combined.
The researchers note: “The differences in the rate of addiction we observed may be related to the efficiency of delivering nicotine to the body, as well as the fact that e-cigarette vapor is relatively easy to inhale. To correct this situation, urgent restrictive measures must be taken, including a complete ban on the sale of such products with the addition of flavor enhancers.”
It should be noted that over the past five years, e-cigarettes have become especially popular among teenagers due to their almost unlimited availability, flavors and flashy advertising. For this reason, doctors and sociologists fear that it contributes to the spread of all forms of nicotine addiction among minors.
Based on this, a group of American physicians led by Professor Jonathan Vinnikov of Harvard University in the United States conducted the first large-scale comparison of how quickly and how addictive develops in adolescents using various forms of cigarettes or nicotine products.
To obtain this information, researchers analyzed data collected by the 2014-2021 National Youth Tobacco Study (NYTS) project, in which more than 150,000 middle and high school students agreed to answer questions from researchers about their non-binding tobacco use. revealing their identity.
It has become clear to researchers that the number of e-cigarette smokers has increased in recent years from 30 percent in 2014 to 70 percent in 2021. Survey project data suggests that the average age of children who first tried e-cigarettes decreased in 2014-2019 from 15 to 13 years.
The results of the study showed that electronic cigarettes are superior to all nicotine-containing products in terms of efficiency and addiction rate.
According to Professor Vinnikov and his scientific group, this indicates a great danger to the health of adolescents and the presence of something that causes them to quickly become addicted to nicotine. Therefore, they ask the authorities of the United States and other countries of the world to take urgent measures to limit the production and sale of electronic cigarettes, especially those with enhanced flavors.