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Are e-cigarettes a 'gateway' to teen smoking? A new study investigates

Are e-cigarettes a 'gateway' to teen smoking? A new study investigates

Although teenage smoking rates have plunged in recent decades, teen use of electronic cigarettes has been rising for the last few years. A new study involving more than 2,500 students at 10 Los Angeles schools has found that teens who had used e-cigarettes were far more likely than their peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products. Though they don’t establish a causal link, the findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. have reignited the debate about whether the potential benefits of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool outweigh the risk that the devices will get more young people hooked on tobacco. “These...

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