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Maltreatment During Childhood May Up E-cigarette Use Later

by Hannah Joy on May 9, 2019 at 1:09 PM
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Maltreatment During Childhood May Up E-cigarette Use Later

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/

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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.

The study's authors noted that the impulsive nature of negative urgency may link childhood maltreatment to e-cigarette use as children get older.
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"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.



Source: Eurekalert
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