Politicians itching to crack down on vaping usually claim it’s a “gateway” to smoking, although there was never much evidence of that. A new study shows no effect.
Guy Bentley writes:
Vapers at the Virginia Commonwealth University were 3.4 times as likely to be smoking cigarettes a year later as young adults who were vape-free, according to the first-ever longitudinal study examining the progression of college students from vaping to smoking.
Researchers followed 3,757 freshmen for one year to discover if e-cigarette use at the baseline was associated with a progression from not smoking to trying a cigarette or currently using cigarettes at the follow-up.
The study, according to one the most die-hard e-cigarette opponents in the public health lobby today—Dr. Stanton Glantz—is yet another confirmation of the so-called ‘gateway’ effect of vaping. “The evidence just keeps piling up,” proclaims Glantz.
The findings lead the study’s authors to conclude that “limiting young adults’ access to these products may be beneficial.” In plain English, more age restrictions, vaping bans, and higher taxes are just the ticket.