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Study Claims Link Between Teens Vaping and Having “1 or 2 Puffs of a Cigarette”

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Before we absolutely tear this study a new one I want to draw your attention to one of the many creative headlines making its way around your feeds, which gave us the giggles;

“Vaping DANGER: Teens who use e-cigs are ‘TWICE as likely to become regular smokers”

“TEENAGERS who use e-cigarettes are more than twice as likely to become regular smokers within a year, according to a shock study.”

A new study which gathered 11 996 teenagers from the ages between 12-17 – apparently found that the younger generation could become hooked on smoking cigarettes after having used an e-cigarette once if you believe the mass media. The part of the study most journalists seem to have read is the “Conclusions and Relevance” section of the abstract which states:

“Any use of e-cigarettes, hookah, noncigarette combustible tobacco, or smokeless tobacco was independently associated with cigarette smoking 1 year later. Use of more than 1 product increased the odds of progressing to cigarette use.”

The major problem with this conclusion, is stupidly reading it alone without reading the rest of the study… Within the study they state that in order for a youth to be considered a smoker now, they need only have had “1 or 2 puffs of a cigarette“:

“We measured the outcome new cigarette initiation between waves 1 and 2 in 2 ways: (1) whether the respondent ever smoked a cigarette, even 1 or 2 puffs (ever use, yes/no), and (2) whether the respondent smoked a cigarette at least 1 day in the past 30 days (past 30-day use, yes/no).”


What will they link e-cigs to next?? Satanic tattoos, Rap music? Maybe a cult of sorts that promotes the sacrifice of farm yard animals to a high power.

If you’ve been reading the mass media coverage of this study, you could be excused for thinking that e-cigarettes and their alleged link to smoking was the sole focus. This isn’t the case though, e-cigarettes were one of many tobacco or tobacco related products:

“Study includes all “noncigarette combustible tobacco, or smokeless tobacco” which can include bidis, cigarettes, cigars (traditional, filtered, and cigarillos), e-cigarettes, hookah, kreteks, pipes, and smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, dissolvable tobacco, moist snuff, and snus).”


Seriously, who writes this stuff? My guess; a bunch of Pelicans that never succumbed to the temptations that just so happen to be apart of growing up. We won’t name any names on this one but let’s face facts:

  1. At some point a teenager will break into their parents liquor cabinet

  2. They will tell their parents they are staying at a friends place while really they sneaking off to see a crush

  3. They will steal or take “a” puff of a cigarette at school or after in a park, then wash their hands profusely before dousing them selves in Lynx Africa deodorant or some of grandmas terrible musky perfume

  4. They’ll repeat the above

While I don’t condone any of the above I’m just pointing out facts of adolescents as they begin experiment. Because, like many of us, I was there too… I remember trying my first cigarette at such I young age that when I was caught I was forced to smoke the whole packet! Did it turn me off smoking? YES. Sure enough though, years later when I was offered a drag; all I could hear was the Simon & Garfunkel song lyric “Hello Darkness my old friend” and I was hooked. No alternative in sight. Signed, sealed, and delivered, I’m now a smoker.


Now for a thought experiment:

If I were to be given the choice to either consume an entire chocolate cake, or a single delicious cookie…then chances are (as would you) I’d choose the chocolate cake. The problem is that consuming

an entire chocolate cake is far worse for you than having a single cheaty cookie… There is always

something about them both that makes you want

more. Hello nicotine!!! While the cookie may have some calories and a bit too much sugar, it’s still safe to say it’s a whole lot better for you than the entire chocolate cake.

Similarly, we have the choice of smoking cigarettes (the chocolate cake) and vaping (the cookie). Both kind of kill that craving for sugar, but one of them is 95% less harmful and the other will kill you as fast as eating a whole chocolate cake to yourself every day!

And the end of the day we want what’s best for the people we love. The tendency to ignore the fact that there are enormous health benefits to e-cigarettes over traditional tobacco use is just getting plain annoying.

Currently located in Sydney, Australia, I have been vaping since 2009 and became active in the e-cigarette industry in late 2015. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of visiting over 700 shops in 6 countries.

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