BOSTON (CBS) — Teens and young adults who smoke electronic cigarettes are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes within a year compared to those who don’t smoke, according to a new study published Tuesday.
The study is the first of its kind to find a potential causal relationship between electronic and traditional cigarettes.READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Hit By Truck On Route 6 In Harwich
Nearly 700 teens to 26-year-old’s were surveyed twice over a year-long period. The participants initially said they would never try a traditional cigarette.
“Of the e-cigarette users, 38 percent by a year later were smoking cigarettes,” said Dr. Brian Primack, lead author of the study and director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health.READ MORE: Police Investigate Mattapan Double Shooting
Only 10 percent of those who did not smoke e-cigarettes later went on to smoke traditional cigarettes, the study found.
The FDA is considering how to regulate e-cigarettes which are easier to buy. Contrary to the study findings, e-cigarettes have been marketed as a deterrent to smoking.
Indeed, Primack said e-cigarettes seem more attractive to young people than traditional smokes.MORE NEWS: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Diane Stern reports