A Wave of Gateway Vapes

The trend for sleek e-cigarettes is sweeping youth culture, creating a gateway to nicotine addiction and bona-fide cigarette smoking, found a new study in the journal Pediatrics.
 
A 3-stage survey of Connecticut high schoolers from 2013-2015 found that students who vaped were 7 times more likely to embrace cigarettes by the second survey; 4 times more likely by the 3rd, in 2015—when the widely-undetectable JUUL vape pen hit the market.
 
As of 2016 the FDA can regulate vapes, but postponed policies won’t take effect for at least 4 years, leaving the market wide open for playfully-named, flavored e-cigarettes.
 
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