Study: E-cigarettes appear to be addictive

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, e-cigarettes “may only serve as a new route to nicotine addiction among adolescents.” An analysis in South Korea, where e-cigarettes are sold similarly to how they are sold in the US, showed about 80% of South Korean adolescents using e-cigarettes also smoked tobacco cigarettes and that young e-cigarette smokers were more likely to have tried quitting smoking, indicating a belief that e-cigarettes can help with smoking cessation.

Ultimately, researchers found links between e-cigarette use and heavier conventional cigarette use, leading to the conclusion that “the nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive.”

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