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Childhood maltreatment can lead to e-cigarette use during young adulthood: Study

ANI | Updated: May 09, 2019 14:51 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], May 9 (ANI): Young adults who experienced maltreatment as children are more prone to use e-cigarettes, researchers have claimed.
In a study conducted on 208 individuals aged between 18-21 years, childhood maltreatment was related to negative urgency or the tendency to act rashly when distressed. This, in turn, was associated with higher use of e-cigarettes.
According to the study published in the Journal of American Journal on Addictions Keywords, the impulsive nature of negative urgency may link childhood maltreatment to e-cigarette use as children get older.
"Many young adults who have experienced abuse or neglect in their childhood struggle with substance abuse. Our study looked at e-cigarette use specifically and found that an individual's childhood maltreatment experiences might play a role in their use of e-cigarettes during their transition to adulthood," said lead author Dr Sunny H. Shin. (ANI)