Cornell Study: Raising the vaping age actually boosts teen smoking

A new study from Cornell University has claimed that raising the vaping age has actually led to an increase in teen smoking. In the study that appeared in the Preventative Medicine, the Weill Cornell Medicine investigators have reported 11.7% rise in teen cigarette use following the introduction of new age restrictions for e-cigarettes by states between 2007 and 2013.

Countrywide, legislators have been coming up with bills to statehouses to increase the vaping age in line with the rise in the smoking age to 21 in a few states. According to politicians and public health activists, e-cigarettes could lure kids towards nicotine and later lead them to shift to tobacco. So, they are looking forward to regulated e-cigarettes strictly.

So far, there isn’t any reliable proof to back the assertion that vaping is the entry into the world of smoking. In reality, the opposite seems to be true that vaping has made people quit smoking.

Health experts have opposed the tide of anti-vaping activism, and have now warned that by treating e-cigarettes, which are 95% safer as compared to regular cigarettes, just like regular cigarette may lead to unexpected consequences, affecting public health badly and exposing teenagers to higher risks from tobacco.

Lead author of the Cornell study Dr. Michael F. Pesko said, “We should regulate tobacco products proportionate to their risks, and e-cigarette evidence suggests they’re less risky products. While there’s some risk, it would be a mistake to regulate them the same way we regulate cigarettes”.

The study has come in support of research that appeared last year, which showed that the drive to prohibit the under-18s from purchasing and using e-cigarettes had the exact opposite effect of what was intended by the policymakers.

According to a report in ABC News by Gillian Mohney, “This is California’s chance to make history by drastically reducing Big Tobacco’s ability to target and poison our youth. We will no longer stand idly by while they continue to get generation after generation addicted,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez in a statement. “We need to make this happen for the sake of our children and the overall health of our state.”

One 2015 report by the Institution of Medicine attempted to break down how raising the age to buy tobacco products would translate into lives saved. The report said that 90 percent of smokers start before they are 19.

A report published by the WFMJ informed,”Kent offers smoking cessation programs, and Mansfield said the university will take a hard look at those programs to make sure they can meet the needs of those who would be affected by the ban.”

“The policy is always open for debate. We’re cognizant of the state wanting to move to completely smoke-free and that’s something that we are always considering,” Cole said, “but right now, the policy is the policy.”

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