Friday, September 4, 2015

CSU researcher studies e-cigarettes being gateway to tobacco

Nathaniel Riggs, PhD., Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University was recently involved in a new study showing that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking combustible types of tobacco products, like cigarettes, cigars and hookah. Dr. Riggs co-authored a paper about the study that appeared on Aug. 18 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Riggs said that while the use of e-cigarettes in Colorado is sometimes overshadowed by the legalization of marijuana, they represent an emerging public health concern.

“The perception is that e-cigarettes are less harmful because they contain fewer known carcinogens,” he said. “But they still contain nicotine, the addictive chemical which contributes to dependence. We are particularly concerned with adolescent nicotine use because the adolescent brain appears to be more susceptible to addiction than the adult brain.”

Read the full text of the paper here.

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