UB researcher says e-cigarettes are unlikely to create many more smokers

Two experts in the field, including a University at Buffalo researcher, surveyed the evidence and offer their answer to this central question in the debate between e-cigarette opponents and proponents in a new essay in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Kozlowski adds that research in the US shows that as use of e-cigarettes - the act of which is known as vaping - has increased, overall smoking rates have decreased.

Public health researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University of MI said evidence does not support claims from federal officials that vaping leads to cigarette smoking and is sparking a public health crisis among the youth. "None of the studies was created to be able to follow up smoking intensity at a later date". "From the best evidence to date, e-cigarettes are much less unsafe than cigarettes".

But many are concerned about unresolved safety concerns.

Besides the health concerns with e-cigarette use, it can also lead to the use of other tobacco products - and e-cigarettes are increasingly marketed to attract young users, health officials warned.

"Studies show that e-cigarettes are not hazard-free", Cuomo's office said in a news release.

Researchers at University College London found people who switched from tobacco to "vaping" gadgets saw the levels of cancer-causing toxins in their body drop by up to 97.5 per cent in six months.

Dr Kozlowski added: 'The public deserves accurate information on the health risks of e-cigarettes versus cigarettes.

In 2015, the Democratic-led Assembly passed a bill to ban e-cigarette use indoors, but it was rejected in the Republican-controlled Senate.

"E-cigarette use by youth can be a gateway to nicotine addiction", Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner, said in a statement.

The study found using the gadgets desensitised teenagers, meaning they were four times as likely to go on to smoke cigarettes. "The public has become confused about this".