A recent study is working to vilify e-cigarettes even further than the bans are currently. The study, found in Addictive Behaviors, seeks to link e-cigarette use with what they’re calling “problematic drinking.” From this study, the participating researchers—from Indiana University-Purdue University—have concluded that along with studying the immediate effects e-cigarettes can have on the human body, researchers should also study the “cause and effect” associated with vaping and drinking in the long haul.
There has long been a correlation between smoking tobacco cigarettes and drinking (i.e. the longstanding: “I only smoke when I drink”). This connection led researchers to study whether the same correlation existed with e-cigarettes.
In order to perform the study, researchers surveyed drinkers using the Nicotine and Other Substance Interaction Expectancy Questionnaire (NOSIE), which was modified for this test. In two groups, the participants were asked if they considered using e-cigarettes while they drank alcohol. A majority of participants in both groups (692 and 714 people for each) commented that after drinking they desired an e-cigarette and those who used e-cigarettes desired to drink.
The controversy with this study, however, is that participants were labeled as “two groups of people who drink alcohol,” sounding as though the participants may have already had “problematic drinking” issues prior to using e-cigarettes.
Furthermore, while studying the effects of e-cigarettes is both expected and important going forward, many may have concerns with a study like this as it sounds as if the researchers are explicitly trying to associate vaping with something they perceive as a negative activity. This is because they don’t simply state that people using e-cigarettes also drink, but that they participate in problematic drinking, which can be misconstrued as being an alcoholic.
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