E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools


Vaping use is also seen among younger teens, with the MTF survey likewise finding that more than one of every 10 8th graders reported vaping nicotine liquid in the past 12 months. No matter how nicotine is delivered, it is harmful for youth and young adults.

While tobacco use has been effectively controlled among U.S. teenagers, nicotine vaping has nearly doubled among high school students from 11 per cent in 2017 to 20.9 in 2018 leading a large number back to nicotine use and addiction, a survey has found.

A new study released Monday confirms a giant spike in the number of high school students who are vaping, and it finds many may not realize they're nearly certainly inhaling highly addictive nicotine.

"Teens are clearly attracted to the marketable technology and flavorings seen in vaping devices", says Volkow. Officials and anti-smoking activists have called for more education about the potential harms of nicotine addiction and more oversight of the way the burgeoning e-cigarette industry markets e-cigarettes.

Researchers at the University of MI in Ann Arbor, who conducted the annual survey, asked 44,482 students from 392 private and public schools across the country about their use of tobacco, opioids, marijuana and alcohol.

Reported use of e-cigarettes specifically in the last 30 days almost doubled among 10th and 12th graders, from 11 percent in 2017 to 20.9 percent in 2018, the survey said.

Teens also report vaping products are getting easier to come by.

Erika Edwards
Erika Edwards is the medical news producer and reporter for NBC News Channel based in Charlotte
Erika Edwards Erika Edwards is the medical news producer and reporter for NBC News Channel based in Charlotte

The latest survey indicates that students may not realize they're using an addictive substance.

Most vaping products contain nicotine and Juul, by far the most popular e-cigarettes product, does not offer nicotine-free flavors.

"So we have a culture about drinking that is very accepted but that is slowly changing". "We will be focusing much of our new prevention research on the period of time when teens transition out of school into the adult world and become exposed to the unsafe use of these drugs". Analysts now estimate the company controls more than 75 percent of the USA e-cigarette market. Instead of burning tobacco like traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes heat up a fluid containing nicotine, generating a vapor laced with the potent drug. About 1 in 4 students said they'd used marijuana at least once in the past year.

Juul said in a statement that it shares the surgeon general's goal: "We are committed to preventing youth access of Juul products". Also, the use of LSD, ecstasy, heroin, opioids, and tobacco is declining lately.

"With illicit opioid use at generally the lowest in the history of the survey, it is possible that being in high school offers a protective effect against opioid misuse and addiction", said NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow. Yet the percentage of teenagers who reported ever using alcohol dropped as much as 58% from its peak in 1994.

Daily cigarette use was reported by 0.8% of eighth-graders, 1.8% of 10th-graders and 3.6% of 12th-graders in 2018, the survey showed.

Fewer teens report binge drinking (five or more drinks in a row). This reflects attitudes among people their parents' age: As more states legalize the recreational use of cannabis, more people say they believe it is safe and natural.

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