E-Cigarettes May Not Provide Major Upgrade Over Cigarettes

If a person thinks an e-cigarette is better than regular cigarettes, the person is more likely to use them, according to a new study.

The study showed that people are more likely to experiment with e-cigarettes even though the long-term oral health effects are unknown. The information appears in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

The University of Minnesota research team explored the correlation between thinking e-cigarettes are harmless and the use of them. After studying nearly 1,400 young people who had never smoked e-cigarettes, the conclusion was that they were more likely to use them based on the perception that they were less harmful than regular cigarettes.

The survey comprised questions about people’s attitude toward smoking and e-cigarettes and then checked to see what their opinions were a year later.

Based on the study, if a person thought e-cigarettes would help a person quit, this person was more likely to actually start using e-cigarettes. This was evidenced by the 7.4 percent increase in the amount of people using e-cigarette during the 12-month period after the first survey.