A recent report published by Brinkwire states that young adult vapers are not turning to traditional tobacco. A new study conducted by Georgetown University Medical Center offers a little reassurance to the recent concerns over underaged vaping being a gateway to young adults starting smoking combustibles.
The study explicates that we would have seen teens turning to cigarettes back in 2014, what some refer to as the “tipping point”. The research also suggests that the amount of young adults smoking cigarettes is declining even more drastically than it ever has before. In 2013, you were almost three times more likely to see a teen smoking a cigarette than vaping. By 2015, we saw those statistics flip, where 2.39 million young adults had vaped in the last year, and only 1.37 million had smoked cigarettes.
A researcher at Georgetown states, “If vaping was being so widely adopted and so significantly pushed more young Americans to picking up combustibles, we would have already seen smoking take an upward turn or at least for its sharp decline to slow”.
“While caution is warranted in interpreting our findings, they paint a consistent picture of accelerated reductions in youth and young adult smoking prevalence as vaping became more widespread,” the researchers add.
“If our primary concern is population level trends in youth and young adult smoking, which we believe is appropriate, then vaping has not shown to be a serious cause for concern … and may be playing a contributing role to the recent steep declines in youth and young adult smoking.”
In conclusion, it is hard to argue that vaping hasn’t been a huge factor to the recent decline in the popularity of the traditional cigarette in the last 5 years, especially regarding young adults and early twenty-year-olds. Further studies will help us progress with these findings, as only time will tell if this young generation will be the generation to finally overcome this national addiction to cigarettes.