Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are an object of intense focus by health researchers who worry that not enough is known about their health effects. Researchers at the University at Buffalo asked that very question to a group of college-aged young adults, one of the product’s biggest markets.30% have tried it More than 1,400 college students from four upstate New York universities were in the study group. Of that sample, 429 students — about 30% – had tried e-cigarettes at least once.
Of those young adults, about 79% said they used e-cigarettes to “try something new,” and nearly 58% reported using them for enjoyment.“Our findings suggest that college students and young adults may be more interested in using e-cigarettes for affective reasons, such as enjoyment or the pleasure they get from using these products.” said Megan Saddleson, PhD, who led the study.
Vaping for enjoyment A small number of people – 15 students – reported “vaping,” the practice of inhaling nicotine vapor from an e-cigarette, daily. All daily vapers said they use e-cigarettes because they enjoy the product.
“The availability of flavors could be related to the enjoyment factor of electronic cigarette, especially among young people,” Saddleson said.But 77% of the participants said they used e-cigarettes as a substitute for cigarettes, believing the vapor is less harmful than tobacco.“Using e-cigs because they are less toxic could appeal to users and make the product more enjoyable for the user,” Saddleson said.
At the moment, e-cigarettes are not regulated at the federal level. From the above, we know why so many young adults in universities are trying e-cigarettes. It is not only that the e-cigs are healthier than tobacco and also that these ecigs are more recreational for young people. And in a large degree, they use these e-cigs to replace the traditional cigarettes, which is a positive indication of vape use.