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HHS HealthBeat (June 13, 2014)

Smokers watching vapers

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Smokers are more likely to light up when they see someone else smoking. And a study indicates watching someone inhale nicotine vapor and other compounds through an e-cigarette has the same effect.

At the University of Chicago, researcher Andrea King tested this by seeing what happened to 60 young adult smokers. Each smoker was in a room with another smoker, an e-cigarette user, or someone just drinking water. She says smokers with an e-cigarette user wanted to light up right after the exposure and even 20 minutes later.

“The extent of this increase in urge to smoke was to the same level as the people who were exposed to the combustible cigarettes.”

The study in the journal Tobacco Control was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 13, 2014