Many claim vaping nicotine can help people quit smoking cigarettes, but what about vaping marijuana? According to new research, it could also be helpful. The study focuses on people in Europe who were introduced to tobacco through mixing it with marijuana in a joint.

“According to the study, many Europeans are introduced to tobacco through smoking marijuana, an effect dubbed as ‘Reverse Gateway,'” High Times wrote. “It should also be noted that smoking cigarettes is, in fact, more common in Europe than in the U.S. and Canada. Furthermore, the researchers noted that those who do vape cannabis tend not to mix it with tobacco concentrates (makes sense to me), and they found a lower incidence of tobacco use in areas of increased cannabis vaping.”

This is a pretty specific scenario where it appears vaping marijuana helps people get off tobacco, but it’s interesting research none-the-less. More research needs to be done, but it seems there are multiple ways vaping can help lower tobacco usage.

“The authors of the letter speculate that the normalization of vaping cannabis may lead to a generation of cannabis users who are not exposed to tobacco or nicotine,” High Times wrote. “Of course, things are never as simple as they may seem. Due to vaping (BHO) being a relatively new technology, more research needs to be done to ensure that we are not replacing one unhealthy habit with another. At the end of the day, we can only wish for the best, and hopefully, we will see this research funded in the coming years.”

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