Concerns raised about increased e-cigarette use in teenagers April 3rd, 2015 admin Latest News Shares Comments Concerns raised about increased e-cigarette use in teenagers “E-cigarettes: Many teenagers trying them, survey concludes,” BBC News reports after a survey of around 16,000 English teenagers found one in five teens had tried an e-cigarette. The concern is that rather than using e-cigarettes as a device to stop smoking, teenagers with no history of smoking could be using e-cigarettes because of their novelty value. This hypothesis seems to be borne out by the survey finding that 16% of teen e-cig users said they had never smoked conventional cigarettes. While e-cigarettes are undoubtedly far safer than cigarettes, this does not mean they are 100% safe. Nicotine is a powerful substance and it is unclear what long-term effects it may have, especially on a teenage brain and nervous system that is still developing. The study also found a strong association between alcohol misuse, such as binge drinking, and access to e-cigarettes. Other experts fear e-cigs could act as a potential gateway to smoking among children. From 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is expected to license e-cigarettes as a medicine in the UK, so they should become an age-restricted product. One limitation of the study, however, is that it relied on self-reporting, so it is prone to selection bias. This makes its findings less reliable. One final message you may want to convey to your children is that a nicotine addiction brings no useful benefits, but it can be expensive (especially for a teenager) and its long-term effects are unclear. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 or 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_new Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Instagram www.instagram.com/otsnews Related Comments comments!