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NIDA. (2014, July 15). Passive e-cigarette exposure may urge young adults to smoke. Retrieved from

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Science Spotlight

July 15, 2014

Girl standing next to No Smoking sign

A new NIDA-funded study shows that being around someone who is using (vaping) an e-cigarette can trigger a desire for tobacco cigarettes in young adults who regularly smoke. This passive exposure to e-cigarette use also increased desire for an e-cigarette.

These results highlight the need for more research into the effects of exposure to e-cigarettes in order to help prevent smoking in young adults.

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