Vaping triples non-smokers’ chances of taking up smoking cigarettes, study finds
- E-cigarettes triple non-smokers’ chances of taking up smoking, a study found
- Research was by the Australian National University and University of Melbourne
- Researcher Emily Banks says vaping could undermine a smoke-free start to life
E-cigarettes triple non-smokers’ chances of taking up smoking, a scientific study has found.
Research conducted by the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne also shows there is insufficient evidence e-cigarettes help smokers quit.
Lead researcher Emily Banks says vaping could undermine a smoke-free start to life.
E-cigarettes triple non-smokers’ chances of taking up smoking, a scientific study has found (file picture)
‘We found clear evidence that non-smokers who use e-cigarettes are around three times as likely to take up conventional smoking as their peers who don’t use e-cigarettes,’ Professor Banks said on Wednesday.
‘There are around 2.3million smokers in Australia, and it is our number one cause of premature death and disability.
‘Avoiding e-cigarettes in non-smokers is vital to keeping progress going against smoking.’
The research was funded by the federal health department and has been handed to government.
Australia’s health regulator last month formalised a ban on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
Eleven per cent of Australian adults smoke daily but 97 per cent of 14 to 17 year olds have never tried a cigarette.
Researchers are concerned e-cigarettes could become a gateway to smoking for young people.
They could also make ex-smokers twice as likely to relapse.
‘The evidence also indicates that e-cigarettes tend to lead to prolonged use of nicotine, rather than quitting the habit entirely,’ Professor Banks said.