A press release from the CDC this week shared the results of a CDC study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research:
The data, which comes from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 National Youth Tobacco surveys of middle and high school students, show that youth who had never smoked conventional cigarettes but who used e-cigarettes were almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes as those who had never used e-cigarettes. Among non-smoking youth who had ever used e-cigarettes, 43.9 percent said they intended to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year, compared with 21.5 percent of those who had never used e-cigarettes.
Additionally, the American Heart Association released their first policy statement on e-cigs, calling them a “Trojan horse for creating the next generation of smokers and urged e-cig smokers to only turn to them as a last resort”. The World Health Organization also just released a report “showing that e-cigarettes and similar devices pose threats to public health” and calling for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors.