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Teenagers who smoke are more likely to use both conventional tobacco products and e-cigarettes, while the prevalence of e-cigarette use among 15–16 year-olds has increased more than four fold since 2014.

The research indicates that adolescents don't see e-cigarettes as an adjunct to quitting a sustained smoking habit, its authors found.

The study, which involved input from almost 4,500 teenagers in the west of Ireland, did however, find young people engaged in sport may see e-cigarettes as a "healthier alternative" and that "that e-cigarettes are targeting a lower risk group who would not otherwise engage in smoking".