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Early E-Cigarette Use Increases Likelihood of Future Marijuana Use

Researchers published new information in the journal Pediatrics that continue to raise concerns about vaping and juuling as a precursor to marijuana usage. In the study, "Electronic Cigarettes and Future Marijuana Use: A Longitudinal Study", a link between age and future usage was investigated.
This study looked at how e-cigarette use in an individual's drug use pattern may differ by age. Researchers divided youths into two age groups: 12 to 14 years and 15 to 17 years. They looked at their baseline e-cigarette use and followed up one year later to assess marijuana use. They found that the younger a youth begins e-cigarette use, the more likely they are to initiate future marijuana use.

So let’s think about this for a second….with so many of our children starting vaping and juuling during the middle school years, they are exposing their vulnerable brains to many unhealthy substances earlier and earlier. We as parents need to be vigilant about talking to, yes even our middle schoolers, about the dangers of tobacco and marijuana use. Vaping and juuling is a gateway to future drug use like marijuana. No matter the legal aspect of tobacco and marijuana laws in each state, ​we need to understand the addictive potential of the young developing brain. Parents need to understand what their young teens are being exposed to each and every day. We need to prevent youth from vaping/juuling and reduce youth access to these products. In the end, we hope this may have the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of future marijuana use.

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