E-cigarettes are often used as a stepping stone for those who used to smoke and ended up quitting but now it seems that they are having the opposite effect for young users.
A report in the US found that although e-cigarettes helped adults to stop smoking actual cigarettes, it increased the chances of young people taking up smoking when they start puffing on a vaping device.
The report - from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the health effects of e-cigarettes - found that although research on e-cigarettes was limited because they haven't been around for long enough, there was a number of issues discovered regarding health impact.
They found that e-cigarettes - when substituted for normally cigarettes - reduces exposures to many toxicants and carcinogens present that would normally be present while also reducing adverse health effects in several organ systems in the short-term
However, in young people, they found that using a vaping device increased the possibility of them taking up smoking when they are older.
Furthermore, all types of users were found to become dependent on the e-cigarettes once they started smoking it.
As well as this, it was found that e-cigarettes have the possibility to explode, cause burns and injuries.
However, research on the vaping devices is still in its infancy and chair of the committee, David Eaton, wrote in the report that: “E-cigarettes cannot be simply categorised as either beneficial or harmful."