"In the past three years, there have been
dramatic increases in recreational use of
e-cigarettes among teens,"
Behavioral problems and mental health such as drug abuse and alcohol are risk factors that push teenagers to smoke. Study finds that less destructive children will choose for e-cigarettes instead of cancer causing cigarettes. Where smoking is linked to frequent problem.
According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention,” In recent years, smoking is decreased among middle and high school students, but the use of electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013-2014”.
Study surveyed those 3310, 9th grade students in 10 Los Angeles area high schools. The students answered questions about e-cigarette use, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use and abuse, and traits such as impulsivity, which are linked with poor mental health. Adolescents who used prescription drugs to get high and those with more symptoms of depression, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other emotional issues were more likely to smoke than to vape e-cigarettes.
Emotional issues did not very much affect non-smokers. On the other hand, teenagers who smoked had the poor mental health, the survey found. Successful public campaigns have made smoking less socially acceptable and have successfully discourage the majority of young people from smoking, particularly lower-risk teens without mental health and behavioral problems.
"In the past three years, there have been dramatic increases in recreational use of e-cigarettes among teens," said Adam Leventhal, lead author and associate professor of preventive medicine and psychology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Electronic cigarettes could be bringing a population of lower-risk teens into nicotine use."
Source: Science news