Young adults who are regular smokers reported an increased desire and urge to smoke after being exposed to another person's use of an electronic cigarette, a study has found. The research also found that an urge to use an e-cigarette occurred when there was exposure to another's use of the electronic device.
Published online in the journal Tobacco Control, the study involved 60 daily smokers ages 18 to 35. The young adults were exposed to a control cue of an individual drinking bottled water and then the active cues of that person smoking a tobacco cigarette or an e-cigarette.
The study abstract states, “The results provide the first evidence in a controlled setting that electronic cigarette exposure may evoke smoking urges in young adult daily smokers. With replication, these findings may have relevance for [electronic nicotine delivery systems] regulation and policy.”