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The Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education serves as a focal point for a broad range of research, education, and public service activities for 46 faculty in 11 departments and all 4 schools at UCSF, as well as colleagues at UC Berkeley and UC Merced. It is part of the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute and its membership is congruent with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Tobacco Control Program. The Center is also a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Tobacco Control.
A recent study by Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education Postdoctoral Fellow Lauren Dutra, ScD, used data from the CDC to show that e-cigarettes use is associated with cigarette smoking among adolescents. E-cigarette use recently doubled among adolescents, from 3.3% in 2011 to 6.8% in 2012. Dr. Dutra and Dr. Stanton Glantz used a nationally representative sample of over 38,000 U.S. middle and high school students to show that adolescents who used e-cigarettes were more likely to be cigarette smokers and more likely to progress from experimenting with cigarettes to becoming regular cigarette smokers. E-cigarette users, despite having higher reports of planning to quit smoking than non-e-cigarette users, were less likely to have stopped smoking cigarettes and were heavier cigarette smokers. These results call into question e-cigarette advertisers’ claims that e-cigarettes are effective smoking cessation devices and questions whether e-cigarette use could actually contribute to cigarette smoking among teens.
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