The use of e-cigarettes and alternative tobacco products may lead to increased tobacco use, reveals a recent study.
The increasing use of alternative tobacco products, such as water pipes and e-cigarettes, by children under the age of 18 is a burgeoning public health crisis, reveal researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center.
Alternative tobacco products represent a new challenge in the 75-year-old war against tobacco, says commentary co-author Michael Weitzman, adding that with the increasing numbers of young adults using alternative tobacco products, people have every reason to be concerned. There is a misperception that alternative tobacco products are safer than cigarettes, but the evidence says otherwise.
Weitzman argues that the same tactics used to decrease cigarette smoking in the United States--taxation, education, and restrictions on advertising and sales to minors--need to be applied to alternative tobacco products. And, he says, more research needs to be done to determine what is being burned and inhaled with these products. The study appears in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).