Youth Vaping in Thailand: A Stepping Stone to Cannabis?

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BANGKOK, THAILAND – A recent statement by Dr. Thongchai Keeratihattayakorn, Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, has brought to light concerns about the link between electronic cigarette use and increased cannabis use among the youth. The Thairath article, dated January 5, 2024, highlights the appeal of flavored e-cigarettes to new, younger smokers and the subsequent risk of transitioning to cannabis use.

The article references studies from the United States and Canada, which show a marked increase in the likelihood of cannabis use among e-cigarette users. This trend is particularly alarming for public health officials, as it suggests a gateway effect from vaping to cannabis, especially in younger demographics.

Dr. Thongchai emphasized the need for increased awareness and education about the risks of new tobacco products among parents, educators, and youth. The Department of Disease Control is focusing on spreading information about the dangers of e-cigarettes and their potential link to cannabis use.

In addressing the concerns raised in the article, it’s important to consider the broader context of substance use among youth. Research has shown that factors such as social environment, mental health, and accessibility play significant roles in substance use behaviors. While the article suggests a correlation between e-cigarette use and cannabis, it’s crucial to approach this topic with a nuanced understanding of youth behavior and substance use.

For instance, a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicates that while there is a correlation between vaping and subsequent cannabis use, the relationship is complex and influenced by various factors. It’s also important to note that correlation does not necessarily imply causation.

The Department of Disease Control urges the public, especially the youth, to be cautious about the use of e-cigarettes and to seek accurate information about their potential risks. For more details and support, the public can reach out to the Department’s hotline at 1422.

Read the original article in Thairath here.