Researchers: Teens with mental health challenges likely to use e-cigarettes, traditional tobacco

Teens with mental health challenges may be nearly six times as likely to start using e-cigarettes or traditional, flamed tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos or bidis.

The risk of taking even one puff of any product increased as the severity of mental health symptoms worsened.

In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers worked to identify the relationship between mental health issues and first-time use of e-cigarettes and/or traditional tobacco products.

One year after reporting never having used tobacco products, teens answered questions about mental health and current use of tobacco.

Mental health issues were classified as internalizing and externalizing problems.

Teens with high externalizing problems had a higher risk of using e-cigarettes, traditional tobacco products, and both.

Those with high internalizing problems were at increased risk picking e-cigarettes (1.61x) but not traditional products or both.