UCSD report finds youth using e-cigs three times as likely to be daily smokers

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An analysis of a national study by UC San Diego researchers published Monday, Jan. 11 found starting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, before the age of 18 is a major risk factor for people becoming daily cigarette smokers. In the report, published in Monday's online edition of Pediatrics, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science researchers found in 2014 people ages 12 to 24 using e-cigarettes were three times as likely to become daily cigarette smokers in the future. Among those who reported using a tobacco product, daily use increased with age through age 28. Daily cigarette smoking nearly doubled among 18 to 21 year olds and 25 to 28 year olds from 12% to 21%. ``This is the first paper that actually looks at progression to depend
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