Research on youth and e-cigarette use
A great deal of research has been conducted on the use of e-cigarettes among young people in different countries. The methods are different, as well as the numbers and the measurement points. Nevertheless, there are some clear similarities. What are the results of years of research on e-cigarette use among young people worldwide?
No research in the Netherlands
We can find a lot of figures about studies in America, England and France, for example, in the Netherlands no (large-scale) study has been conducted regarding e-cigarette use among young people. That is quite striking given the clear position that the Dutch government has taken with regard to these products. Suppliers did not already sell e-cigarettes and related products to young people under the age of eighteen, now that fumes are close to smoking, e-cigarettes are placed in a category where they do not belong. This is also apparent from the figures from surveys worldwide.
Increase in vaping, decrease in smoking
That young people experiment with all kinds of strange and sometimes dangerous things is nothing new. Light up a cigarette or light a fire or make a daring viral video; young people love to experiment. This also applies to e-cigarettes. A difference between smoking and fumes is that young people who smoke do this much more frequently than fumes, where it is often limited to one or more times for dampers. This may have to do with the fact that the Shisha pen in particular is a favorite during the experiments, these are e-cigarettes that do not contain nicotine. Continued use of e-cigarettes among young people is rare, which is the case with smoking.
An interesting and hopeful conclusion is that more and more young people are quitting smoking or are not even starting at all. The rise of vapors seems to be linked to the decrease in smoking, with the advantage that vapors do not seem to become addicted to e-cigarettes. It is time that a large-scale investigation was also carried out in the Netherlands, perhaps that the government would then be able to express a substantiated opinion.