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The term “gateway” refers to an epidemiological phenomenon, where someone who use one product moves on to use another. If a non-smoker vapes, are they likely to take up smoking later on? At the moment there is no evidence to suggest this is the case.

When it comes to e-cigarettes, the gateway theory would suggest that young non-smokers who try vaping would move on to smoking tobacco. This fear is closely tied to people’s perception of nicotine and its addictive powers, which some scientists consider exaggerated.

This concern is justified primarily by the need to protect young people as part of anti-tobacco campaigns because we know that the earlier people start smoking, the harder it is to quit.

For now, there is no statistical data to show that using e-cigarettes leads to tobacco use.

Does Vaping Increase The Risk of Cigarette And Smokeless Tobacco Use?

Titled, “Electronic cigarette use and risk of cigarette and smokeless tobacco initiation among adolescent boys: A propensity score matched analysis,” the current study aimed...

Experts Discuss The Relative Benefits of E-Cigarettes

This year a number of E-Cigarette Summits were held virtually due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. One such event was the Burning Issues: The...

New Study: Teens Who Vape Are Three Times More Likely to...

Published online in the journal Addictive Behaviors, the study titled, “Electronic cigarette use and risk of cigarette and smokeless tobacco initiation among adolescent boys:...

Review: Available Evidence Linking Vaping to Smoking Initiation is Weak

Analysing studies published in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Wiley Cochrane Library databases, and the 2018 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and...

New Study Ignores Recent Data And Regurgitates Inaccurate “Gateway” Theory

".. the good news is that the rapid increase in e-cigarette use has not yet resulted in a reversal of the decreasing trends of...

Another Study Repeats Unfounded ‘Gateway’ Claims

Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study titled, “Smoking Intention and Progression From E-Cigarette Use to Cigarette Smoking,” claimed that e-cigarette use was associated...

Study: Vaping Triples Odds For Adult Smoking

A new study argues that people who vape will have tripled odds for daily smoking for adults. A new study published in Pediatrics, the official...

Despite Evidence to The Contrary Australian Study Reiterates Flawed “Gateway Theory”

In line with previous studies looking into the relationship between vaping and smoking, an earlier review also conducted by Australian researchers had debunked the...