Thai children who started smoking e-cigarettes are 5 times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes | Hfocus.org Health Insights

Thai children who started smoking e-cigarettes are 5 times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes | Hfocus.org Health Insights
Thai children who started smoking e-cigarettes are 5 times more likely to smoke regular cigarettes | Hfocus.org Health Insights

On September 22, 2022 Assoc.Prof.Dr. Ruengruedi Patanavanich, Department of Community Medicine Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital As the research leader of the project to study perceptions and factors related to e-cigarettes among Thai children and youth, revealed that this research is the first study in Thailand. It was found that Thai children who started smoking e-cigarettes were more likely to smoke regular cigarettes. This research was published on September 14, 2022 in Tobacco Control, the world’s number one tobacco control journal. This study is based on the data obtained from the smoking behavior survey. Drinking alcohol and other drugs, 6,045 grade 1 students from different regions across the country and followed up for 12 months found that children who had never smoked cigarettes before, if they started smoking e-cigarettes. They were five times more likely to try regular cigarettes and seven times more likely to smoke both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. This research is a long-term data collection. The conclusions from the research therefore support that “E-cigarettes are a real gateway to regular smoking.”

Prof. Dr. Stanton Glance, former director of the Tobacco Control Research Center University of California, San Francisco The study’s co-authors said the study found that the risk of e-cigarettes increasing the likelihood of regular smoking among children was higher than previous studies. But in line with new research from Western countries such as the UK and the Netherlands, it reflects the fact that newer e-cigarettes, such as the pod vape group, are more common among young people. which uses nicotine salts instead of traditional nicotine or some use synthetic nicotine Increased addiction

“This research is important evidence for Thai policymakers to maintain the ban on importing and selling e-cigarettes. Despite pressure from cigarette and e-cigarette companies This research refutes the claims of e-cigarette advocates in Thailand. especially the claim that the youth’s use of e-cigarettes does not increase their regular smoking,” said Dr. Glance.

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Longitudinal bidirectional association between youth electronic cigarette use and tobacco cigarette smoking initiation in Thailand.

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