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Teen Use of E-Cigarettes in France, is it Different to the UK?


French study looks at teenagers’ experimenting with vaping and smoking. 

We are used to reading about teenage e-cigarette use in the USA and UK, but what about Europe? Is the e-cigarette use any different amongst French teenagers? 

A recent cohort study in France looked at overall drug experimentation in teens, and taking 11-15 year olds, between the years 2010 and 2014 they found non-smoking and non-vaping teenagers have a low profile for risky behaviour. If they are not interested in smoking, they are not interested in vaping. 

“The study finds that nearly 4 of 10 students (39.4%), between 13 and 15 years old, admit having ever tried an e-cigarette and only 1.9% admit using e-cigarettes every day. For a large majority of the teenagers, it was found that the contact with the e-cigarette remained at the stage of an experimentation, meaning that they did not carry on with its use.” 

Findings prove e-cigarettes are not a likely gateway to tobacco use. 

The study also found that tobacco experimentation precedes that of the e-cigarette by about one year, on average at 13 years old and 14 years old, respectively. 

Students that experimented with an e-cigarette before tobacco are in the minority, with both experimentations occurring within the same year. 

The Authors conclude their study by stating, “The most interesting finding of the present study is indeed the fact that smoking would rather constitute a gateway to vaping than the opposite, based on the sequential process of experimenting both products.”

So it seems in France too, e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking either.

29th January 2016, 10:08