Parents and doctors questioning teens about whether they smoke should also be asking if they’re using e-cigarettes.
That from Dr. Michael Khoury, who says e-cigarettes could be a gateway to nicotine addiction later on.
Khoury’s research involved nearly 2,300 Grade 9 students in the Niagara region and he found that more than 10 per cent of them had used electronic cigarettes.
“The most common reason that three-quarters of them used it was to be cool, or it was fun and something new,” Khoury said about his research. “That’s really concerning because they’re clearly not using them for what they’re marketed as, which is as smoking cessation devices.”
Khoury conducted the study while he was a pediatric cardiology resident at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
It was published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
(with files from The Canadian Press)