Vaping probably isn’t a gateway to smoking

Trends in cigarette and e-cigarette use among 16 to 24-year-olds in England suggest that vaping doesn’t encourage more young people to start smoking

Young people who try vaping are more likely to later start smoking – but a new analysis of trends in nicotine use in England suggests that the so-called gateway theory of vaping isn’t the explanation.

The real reason for the link could be that teens who start vaping are the same ones who are likely to try smoking, regardless of whether they ever have an e-cigarette.