Study Shows Flavors Entice Teens to Try—and Stick With—Vaping

Teens who first try flavored e-cigarettes, cigar or smokeless tobacco are much more likely to still be using that product a year later, compared with those who try a non-flavored product, a new study finds.

Researchers found twice as many teens and young adults who first try a flavored e-cigarette are still vaping one year later, compared with those who first try a tobacco-flavored e-cigarette, HealthDay reports.

“Children and youth prefer sweet flavors. We know that flavors increase appeal to young or inexperienced users,” said lead researcher Andrea Villanti of the University of Vermont’s Center on Behavior and Health. “Something that tastes like candy is more palatable to a young person than tobacco flavor on its own.”

How to Talk With Your Kids About Vaping [GUIDE]

Vaping’s popularity exploded seemingly overnight, and it took many parents and families by surprise. Vaping, or Juuling as it is often referred to by teens and young adults (named after a popular vape device called JUUL), is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vape device.

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    Fr. Jack Kearney, M.Div., CATC IV, CATE

    October 24, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Another junk article from people who get money from Big Tobacco, full of “may” and “suggest”. Here is what the authors admit in their own study:

    This study has several limitations. First, tobacco product use and flavored tobacco use in the questionnaire are based on the respondent’s perception of and ability to recall whether past or current products were flavored. Second, analyses examined continued use or progression of use over the 10- to 13-month follow-up period; thus, the analyses excluded participants who were missing data at 1 of the waves. The extent of missing data and the small number of observations for specific products limited the detection of certain associations from wave 1 to wave 2; this was especially an issue for the youth findings. Third, progression of tobacco use is known to occur over several years among young people,29 and flavored use among adults was asked only of established tobacco users at wave 1; future studies that include experimental tobacco users and a longer follow-up period will inform estimates of the association of flavored tobacco with uptake and maintenance of tobacco use. Fourth, analyses were stratified by age, and, among adults, age was also included as a covariate; this does not fully account for potential cohort effects given differences in the availability of flavored tobacco products at the time of initiation, or the fact that estimates for the group of adults aged 25 years and older may be inflated because of greater smoking cessation among older adults.

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