Teenagers who try a noncigarette tobacco product are more likely to try traditional cigarettes within a year than those who haven’t, according to study published in the January issue of JAMA Pediatrics.
The researchers found that 19 percent of those who used e-cigarettes tried cigarettes within the year; 18.3 percent of hookah users; 19.2 percent of smokeless tobacco users. Among the teenagers who didn’t use tobacco-related products, 4.6 percent tried smoking a cigarette.
Researchers said that multiple factors could explain their study’s findings. For example, non-tobacco cigarette products might induce nicotine dependence, which has been reported by youths who use cigars and smokeless tobacco. In addition, the use of noncigarette tobacco could change their perception of cigarettes.
“Youths who use any tobacco product may be at greater risk of initiating cigarette smoking,” researchers said. They added that cigarette use is a meaningful outcome because nicotine dependence can manifest in teenagers soon after their first puff.
However, whether its cigarettes or an alternative, there are no such thing as a healthy tobacco, according to MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer website. Many noncigarette alternatives are often marketed as healthier alternatives to smoking, but tobacco is harmful to your oral health and overall health.
Cigarettes and other alternatives are harmful to a person’s oral health, according to MouthHealthy.org. Oral health impacts of smoking and all tobacco products include stained teeth and tongue; dulled sense of taste and smell; slow healing after a tooth extraction or other surgery; difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems; gum disease; and oral cancer.
For more information on smoking and noncigarette alternatives, visit MouthHealthy.org.
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