Study finds youth e-cigarette bans lead to increased cigarette smoking
A study by Yale researchers shows that when bans which keep minors from purchasing e-cigarettes traditional cigarette smoking increases in this age group.
States that have banned the use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers by those under age 18 — including North Carolina — have experienced an increase in youth traditional cigarette smoking, according to a Yale University study.
The paper by researcher Abigail Friedman, published Oct. 19 in the Journal of Health Economics, appears to counter a prevailing anti-tobacco advocacy message: that e-cigarette and vaporizers can and are serving as a youth gateway to traditional cigarettes.
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