Washington D.C, Jul 11 : Turns out, e-cigarettes are really a gateway drug, luring non-smokers into trying vaping.
A new USC study debunked the popular belief that electronic cigarettes are merely a substitute for cigarettes among teens. Instead, it suggested that some teens who never would have smoked cigarettes are now vaping.
E-cigarettes, which entered the U.S. market in 2007, vaporize liquids that may or may not contain nicotine. In 2011, about 1.5 percent of high schoolers had vaped in the past 30 days, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey. Four years later, that number skyrocketed to 16 percent.
The study of 5,490 high school juniors and seniors showed tobacco use among teens in Southern California is on the rise.