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USC public health article among JAMA’s most talked-about in 2016

January 19, 2017

Among the most popular articles medical journal JAMA published in 2016 is a study on e-cigarette vaping co-authored by a Department of Population and Public Health Sciences researcher at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

“Association of e-Cigarette Vaping and Progression to Heavier Patterns of Cigarette Smoking,” co-authored by Adam Leventhal, director of the USC Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory, ranked ninth among the journal’s most talked-about articles in 2016 according to Altmetric, JAMA reported.  

The  study of adolescents, published in November, found that vaping more frequently was associated with a higher risk of more frequent and heavy smoking six months later. 

“It’s such an emerging public health issue,” Leventhal told TIME in November.“These teens aren’t just experimenting—a significant portion are progressing to more regular levels of smoking.”

The study was widely reported on by various sources, including Fox News,  KPCCChicago Tribune and Consumer Reports

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