CDC Blames Vaping for Teen Tobacco Use Spike

VAPING Health experts are warning smoking e-cigarettes could spark a major health crisis

In recent years, the overall proportion of high school students using any tobacco products fell, mainly due to fewer students smoking cigarettes and cigars, the CDC said.

"We're creating a new generation of youth and adolescents that have an addiction to nicotine products".

From 2017 to 2018, the frequency of tobacco product use, defined as usage 20 or more days during the past 30 days, also increased by 38.5% among current e-cigarette users in high school, suggesting that e-cigarette users are vaping more often than they have been.

"People skip class to vape", said Grade 10 student Sophie Verbake.

Last year, around 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users of tobacco products, up by more than a million users from the previous year.

In a Monday morning press conference, Brian King, MPH, of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health noted that while cigarette smoking among youth did not increase in 2018, it did not decline and the popularity of e-cigarettes could be impacting youth smoking rates.

The rise in vaping was the single biggest jump in teen use of a tobacco product since the beginning of the survey in 1999, a new study finds.

While the number of middle and high school cigarette smokers has been falling steadily since 2011, the number of vapers in that group has increased dramatically, from 1.5 per cent then to 20.8 in 2018.

The nicotine in e-cigarettes also pose other health hazards, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director.

The FDA is now being sued by a group of health campaigners for delaying e-cigarette regulations meant to go into effect early in the Trump presidency.

E-cigarette use increased to almost 21 percent among high schoolers and 5 percent among middle schoolers in 2018, up from about 12 percent and 3 percent in 2017, respectively.

Doctors worry the method responsible for helping adults quit smoking will actually lead kids to take up the habit because it's cheaper and surveys have shown they're more likely to try it after vaping. "I fear this trend will continue in 2019, forcing us to make some tough decisions about the regulatory status of e-cigarettes".

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

In a statement, a Juul spokeswoman said the company has taken steps to prevent children from using its products and supports prohibiting sales of e-cigarettes to anyone under 21. The FDA also has begun to regulate e-cigarette manufacturing the same way it regulates more traditional tobacco products.

An illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, D.C., on October 2, 2018.

And many kids don't limit themselves to one type of tobacco product, the CDC found. The figure dropped to 21.7% of Hispanics and was down to 18.4% of non-Hispanic other race.

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