E-cigarette use 'skyrocketing' among young Americans

Number of US teens using e-cigarettes surges to 5m in one year – study

The rise has been so significant that it has wiped out any progress in declining youth tobacco use in recent years, according to a report published Monday.

"People skip class to vape", said Grade 10 student Sophie Verbake. The number of high school students reporting cigarette smoking in the past 30 days has dropped from 15.8 percent in 2011, but has been hovering around 8 percent since 2016. "There is an epidemic of e-cigarette use among our nation's youth, but the good news is that we know what works to combat this epidemic using proven, evidence-based strategies".

"We use menthol more than any other group, and our community is struggling and more needs to be done to help because a lot of students are also falling victim to menthol cigarettes", said Robinson.

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among US kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. The entire growth was due to e-cigarette use.

King noted that an emerging body of science shows that kids who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes in the future.

The researchers found that cigarette smoke and heated tobacco vapour were highly toxic to the cells both at lower and higher concentrations while e-cigarette vapour demonstrated toxicity mainly at higher concentrations.

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"Heat not burn" products have been marketed as tasting like "real" cigarettes, but as less harmful. "That is not to say that all these kids are becoming addicted, but there is nothing good from a public health perspective that comes from more frequent use of any tobacco product". FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, added: "These data are a sobering reminder of the rampant rise of youth e-cigarette use". In the past, Gottlieb has said that he would consider halting sales of e-cigarettes while companies go through the FDA review.

"JUUL entered the US market in 2015 and since December 2017 has held the greatest market share of any e-cigarette in the United States".

On Tuesday, February 12, middle and high schoolers who are members of Our Voices Xposed (OVX) and Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) - Vermont's youth-led movements to reduce youth smoking and vaping - are scheduled to march to the Vermont Statehouse for a rally against the perils of electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco among their peers.

According to Dr. Eddy Lang with the Canadian Taskforce for Preventative Healthcare, teen use of e-cigarettes is skyrocketing. The products resemble computer flash drives, can be recharged in USB ports and can be used discreetly - including in school bathrooms and even in classrooms.

Among middle school students, 6.6% of non-Hispanic white students reported use of any tobacco product in 2018, compared to 9.5% of Hispanic middle school students, 6.8% of blacks, and 3.8% of non-Hispanics of other races.

A few other states - including MA and Virginia - have implemented "ID at delivery requirements" for tobacco-related products, according to Gregory Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that advocates for "sensible regulation" but is not an industry representative.

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