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University of Michigan study finds 'fitting in' part vaping's allure for teens who know risks


A new University of Michigan studyfinds teens are drawn to vaping products even though they're aware of the health risks. Teens expressed a ‘desire to fit in,' 'getting a buzz,’ and‘experimentation' as reasons for vaping.

Researchers asked more than a thousand teenagers about using vaping products, particularly Juul products which are the most popular on the market.

“Nearly 80% of our youth in our sample recognized that Juul use is dangerous,” says Dr. Tammy Chang, an assistant professor in U-M's Department of Family Medicine, “that’s really important because that means that efforts to educate young people on the dangers as a way to stop their use might not be effective since they already think it’s dangerous.”

Chang says the study points to the need to increase efforts to make vaping products less accessibleto people who are underage.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association- Pediatrics.  

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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