A study in the April 2020 Pediatrics found that adolescents using modifiable e-cigarette devices, called mods, will smoke a higher number of cigarettes later on in life. This study was done in comparison to those who smoked pen-like e-cigarettes.
Research suggests that depending on which vaping devices the adolescent uses, they may end up smoking far more in the future.
A study published in the April 2020 Pediatrics called "E-Cigarette Product Characteristics and Subsequent Frequency of Cigarette Smoking," was conducted to determine the correlation of smoking a certain kind of e-cigarette product with cigarette smoking in the time to come.
Results revealed that subjects who used a pen-like e-cigarette device smoked 2.83 times as many cigarettes as those who have not been exposed to e-cigarettes. On the other hand, research subjects who used a modifiable e-cigarette device, commonly called "mod", smoked 8.38 times as many cigarettes.
Researchers gathered and examined data from 1,312 participants in the Southern California Children's Health Study in 2015 to 2016. The participants' were aged up to 18 years old at the time of the study.
They did a follow-up a year later and found out that those who vaped were likely to transition into smoking cigarettes after the year. The amount they smoke relied on the type of e-cigarette they used.
Scientists recommend that targeted regulation of the use of mod e-cigarettes could aid in reducing more heavy smoking patterns.
The Electronic Cigarette
E-cigarettes have many names. They are sometimes called "vapes," "e-hookahs," "mods," and "vape pens." They also come in different types. People choose depending on their preference as each one presents a particular feature.
Many people use e-cigarettes as a substitute for regular cigarettes and other tobacco products. They may be beneficial to some and possibly harmful to others. Teenagers, in particular, have caught on with the craze on using e-cigarettes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that if you have never tried smoking before, be it tobacco products or e-cigarettes, do not start at any time. Smoking can be very addicting, which is why a lot of people find it hard to stop.
Negative Effects of Vaping
Studies suggest that vaping is bad for the heart and lungs. As of Jan. 21, 2020, CDC confirmed 60 deaths in patients who vaped. John Hopkins Medicine says in an article that vaping increases odds of asthma and COPD.
Health experts are not sure what causes the lung problems but are suspicious that the culprit could be a contaminant and not an infectious agent. Symptoms in patients suffering from the effects of vaping gradually started with chest pain and shortness of breath.
Studies show that some substances found in e-cigarette vapor have been connected to an increased risk of cancer. Vaping, just like cigarette smoking, could harm a developing fetus.
Other health risks associated with the use of e-cigarettes include burns due to defective batteries of chargeable devices and nicotine poisoning from accidental exposure to the toxic liquid from the device.