Since its inception, e-cigarettes have been hailed as a step in the right direction in the fight to stop smoking. However, a recent study has found that when it comes to middle and high school students, e-cigarettes might actually do more harm that good. The study concluded that youth who smoke e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke real cigarettes and less likely to quit than their peers who do not. Some are questioning the findings of the study, arguing that students who smoke e-cigarettes might have been heavy smokers anyway and would have picked up smoking at some point. The argument of the accuracy of the study highlights the debate over the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a serious deterrent to smoking.
The news is not all grim for youth and their smoking habits. A recent large federal study (2011-2012) on middle and high school students smoking habits found that most of them who use e-cigarettes are actual smokers. Though the rate of youth smoking e-cigarettes increased, the number of youth who smoked actual cigarettes reached an all-time low last year.