New University Study Incriminating E-Cigs Proves to Be False
In the first study of its kind at the Virginia Commonwealth University, it was found that students who were vapers, were 3.4 times more likely to start smoking cigarettes than students who were vape-free.
Over the course of a year, 3,757 students were followed in order to see if vapers would try cigarettes throughout the year, or if they would end up being cigarette smokers at the end of the study. According to Dr. Stanton Glantz, Professor of Tobacco Control, the study proved that vaping was a gateway to cigarettes. Even the studies’ authors concluded that limiting these young adults to vaping products would be beneficial.
Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, indicates that Dr. Stanton Glantz completely disregarded the studies’ most important findings: Students who were vapers at the beginning of the study, were no more likely to start smoking than those who were vape-free.
In fact, the study showed that there was far more improvement in those who vaped. Out of the 3, 757 students that were studied, only 6 of them transitioned to cigarettes from vaping. 20 students who were cigarette smokers at the beginning, were exclusively vaping at the end of the study. 45 students who vaped and smoked cigarettes at the start, were only vaping at the end.
Although Dr. Stanton Glantz attempted to push the gateway argument, the stats simply did not back him up. What they really show is that although vapers may experiment with cigarettes, most do not actually become cigarette smokers.