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VAPING is likely to be diverting young people from smoking, rather than being a gateway to the deadly habit, according to new research. There is also scant evidence of a so-called “youth vaping epidemic”.

These were the findings in a new review published [...] by Australian academics Colin Mendelsohn and Wayne Hall.

The research debunks one of the major arguments used to justify Australia's ban on nicotine vaping products: that vaping is a gateway to regular smoking for young people who would otherwise not have smoked cigarettes

Although teen vaping is associated with later trying smoking, this does not prove that vaping has CAUSED the smoking.