Mar 24, 2014 – ECigs and Smoking


Electronic cigarette manufacturers would have us all believe such devices aid smokers to quit, but a recent study provides abundant evidence that among American youth the converse is actually true. Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, describes the research.

KLAG: This is a new phenomenon, e-cigs or vaping. There are several strengths of this study. One is that it is a representative sample of US middle and high school students, was done in 2011 and 2012, and has a very high response rate. What it showed is use of electronic cigarettes was associated with heavier smoking, less attempt to abstinence, so rather than being used to reduce smoking or for abstinence it appears that in these children who are using them its actually associated with higher smoking levels. :31

Klag says regulation of e-cigarettes worldwide is clearly needed. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey