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The Rise of Nicotine-Free Inhalers: Understanding Adolescent Vaping Patterns

The Rise of Nicotine-Free Inhalers: Understanding Adolescent Vaping Patterns

Mar 07 AMAZOS - Managing Ecommerce Business Operations

The Rise of Nicotine-Free Inhalers: Understanding Adolescent Vaping Patterns

As concerns about adolescent nicotine addiction from e-cigarettes continue to grow, understanding the prevalence and patterns of vaping behaviors among young people is crucial. While much attention has been focused on vaping with nicotine, recent research sheds light on the prevalence of nicotine-free vaping and its implications for adolescent health and behavior.


A recent study conducted in Norway aimed to examine the prevalence of nicotine and nicotine-free vaping among adolescents, map transitions between vaping behaviors over time, and assess differences in the personal characteristics of vapers. The study, published in PubMed Central, provides valuable insights into the evolving landscape of adolescent vaping.

Aims and Methods

The study collected data from a nationwide longitudinal survey of adolescents conducted over three years. Participants were surveyed annually, and data was collected on vaping behaviors, including the use of e-cigarettes with and without nicotine, as well as other tobacco products. The survey also assessed sensation-seeking behavior, conduct problems, levels of depression, and other personal characteristics.


The study found that the prevalence of vaping among adolescents remained stable over the three-year period, with approximately 12% to 15% of participants reporting vaping in the past 12 months. Interestingly, a majority of adolescent vapers reported using e-cigarettes without nicotine, with only a minority using nicotine-containing products.

Furthermore, the study revealed that vaping behaviors among adolescents were often transient and experimental. Many participants who reported vaping without nicotine at one time point transitioned to non-use in subsequent years. Similarly, a significant proportion of nicotine vapers also became non-users over time.

Compared to nicotine-free vapers, those who used nicotine-containing products were more likely to exhibit conduct problems, symptoms of depression, and use other tobacco products such as snus and cigarettes.


The findings of this study highlight the prevalence of nicotine-free vaping among adolescents and underscore the importance of considering both nicotine and nicotine-free products when assessing vaping behaviors. While many adolescent vapers eventually transition to non-use, those who use nicotine-containing products may be at higher risk for other adverse outcomes, including mental health issues and the use of other tobacco products.


Understanding the prevalence and patterns of nicotine-free vaping is critical for assessing nicotine exposure and potential risks of addiction among adolescents. The study's findings suggest that adolescent vaping behaviors are dynamic and multifaceted, with implications for public health interventions and policies aimed at reducing youth vaping rates.

As the popularity of nicotine-free inhalers continues to rise, it is essential to monitor and address the factors driving adolescent vaping behaviors and their impact on health and well-being.

For more information, you can access the full study here.

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