Use Of E-cigarettes Triples Odds That Teens Will Smoke Pot

The study showing that the E-cigarettes use are tripling odds; that teens will smoke pot. Taking up vaping in adolescence or early adulthood is tied to a more than threefold hike in the odds of becoming a marijuana user, researchers report. The study can analysis of data from 21 separate studies can not prove that e-cigarette use actually causes young people to smoke pot.

But the association was strong: Youth with a history of vaping had about a 3.5-times higher odds for marijuana use versus those without such histories, the review found. And the risk rose if people first tried vaping when relatively young, noted the research team led by Dr. Nicholas Chadi of Boston Children’s Hospital.

The E-cigarettes use are tripling odds

But the odds of using marijuana in youth with e-cigarette use were higher in adolescents age 12 to 17 [more than four times the risk] than young adults age 18 to 24 years [a 40% higher risk]; The link between vaping and pot smoke is alarming, experts say, since about 1 in every 3 U.S. high school students say they have vaped, and the increasing legalization of marijuana is making access so much easier for kids.

And as one expert not involved with the study said; there’s another way vaping may make pot use easier for kids. Many of these vaping devices can be easily modified to allow users to experiment with other substances of abuse; including marijuana,” noted Andrea Spatarella, from the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y.

Vaping increases the risk

Prior studies have also shown that exposing the “still-developing brain”; to nicotine whether from traditional cigarettes or vaping increases the risk [for] future substance abuse; In the new study, researchers sifted through data involving more than 128,000 people; between the ages of 10 and 24. Beside the finding that vaping was strongly tying to marijuana use; Chadi’s group also found that use of e-cigarettes typically comes before the use of marijuana; in the young suggesting that the vaping habit is a “gateway” to the drug.

The Boston team also finding that the vaping-pot connection was stronger in studies; conducting after 2017 versus before. The reasons for that variation are unclear, the researchers said; but it could be linkig to the recent and rapid uptake among kids of “small, high-technology types of [vaping devices] with refillable cartridges;” such as the Juul e-cigarette. Now this new analysis suggests that e-cigarette use might raise young people’s odds for pot smoking, too.