IS VAPING A GATEWAY TO CIGARETTE SMOKING?

October 2, 2015

IS VAPING A GATEWAY TO CIGARETTE SMOKING?

There continues to be significant debate in public health circles about the relative risks or benefits of the use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping.  While there is some evidence that the vapor in most e-cig products is significantly less harmful than the chemicals found in regular tobacco smoke, there remain concerns that vaping may become a "gateway" into cigarette smoking by young people.  Tobacco companies have invested heavily in e-cig businesses, with some public health professionals believing that this could be an attempt by "big tobacco" to maintain their primary business.  The Conversation website has published a challenging article by Professor Lynn Kozlowski from the State University of New York titled "Vaping as a gateway to smoking is still more hype than hazard."  In the article, Professor Kozlowski describes two recent studies which appeared to show this gateway effect, however he believes there were problems with these conclusions.

Read "Vaping as a gateway to smoking is still more hype than hazard."