Teens who vape are more likely to smoke later, researchers say

Study follows more than 800 high school students

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CHICAGO – A newly released study of high school students shows teens who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to eventually smoke tobacco cigarettes, WKMG reports.

The study published in the journal Pediatrics found teens who vape were three to seven times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes within two years. However, teens who smoked cigarettes were no more likely to use e-cigarettes over the next two years than non-smokers were.

The authors recommend more research to explain the increased risk of smoking among teens who use e-cigarettes while the opposite doesn't occur.

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