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From the JAMA Network
August 13, 2014

Youth Experimentation With e-Cigarettes: Another Interpretation of the Data

Author Affiliations
  • 1Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Legacy, Washington, DC
  • 2Department of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • 3Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, DC
  • 4Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 5American Cancer Society, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2014;312(6):641-642. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6894

Dutra and Glantz1 reported that, in US school students, those who used e-cigarettes were also likely to be smoking conventional (combustible) cigarettes. Despite the associational, rather than causal, nature of the study design, the authors concluded that “Use of e-cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage, conventional cigarette use among US adolescents” and “e-cigarette use is aggravating rather than ameliorating the tobacco epidemic among youths.”