Children who were ill-treated when young were more prone to use e-cigarettes in their young adulthood, reveals a new study.
The study was published in The American Journal on Addictions/
In the study of 208 US individuals aged 18-21 years, childhood maltreatment was also related to negative urgency, or the tendency to act rashly when distressed, which was in turn associated with greater use of e-cigarettes.
"Many young adults who have experienced abuse or neglect in their childhood struggle with substance abuse.
Our study looked at e-cigarette use specifically and found that an individual's childhood maltreatment experiences might play a role in their use of e-cigarettes during their transition to adulthood," said lead author Dr. Sunny H. Shin, of the Virginia Commonwealth University.