E-cigarette use 'skyrocketing' among young Americans, says US health agency

US Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams gives a statement on the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers in Washington,DC on Dec 18 2018

"It's putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction", CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said. Last year, 27.1% of high school students and 7.2% of middle school students reported current use of a tobacco product, with e-cigarettes the most popular among both groups, used by 20.8% and 4.9%, respectively.

On Feb. 4, organizers from anti-tobacco group NYC Smoke Free traveled with students to the capital on Legislative Education Day, to show their support for more comprehensive tobacco control programs.

A current user is defined as a person who has used a product in the past 30 days.

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.

New heated tobacco device causes same lung damage as e-cigarettes, study says. However, there were 1.5 million more youth e-cigarette users past year compared with 2017, and those who were vaping used the devices more often. "But now, having become exposed to nicotine through e-cigs, they will be more likely to smoke".

On Monday, Gottlieb expressed concern that e-cigarette manufacturers may be reneging on vows they made past year to counter teen use.

According to the new CDC data, about 8 percent of high schoolers said they had recently smoked cigarettes in 2018, and about 2 percent of middle schoolers did. The young advocates spoke honestly on how cigarette-smoking affects their lives, and how certain substances disproportionately affect their neighborhoods, said one of the organizers.

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"JUUL also has a high nicotine content, among the highest of any e-cigarette on the USA market", King continued.

Gottlieb has also acknowledged that e-cigarettes can help as an effective cessation tool for adult smokers.

Sales of Juul, which is a high nicotine e-cigarette with vaping liquid contained in pods resembling USB devices, increased by approximately 600% during 2016-2017 and increased even further in 2018.

Cigarette smoking is still declining in some states.

And many kids don't limit themselves to one type of tobacco product, the CDC found.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual "Vital Signs" report.

"Vaping products successfully evaded the regulations that reduced youth tobacco initiation over the past 20-plus years, including age restrictions on purchases accompanied by retailer fines, advertising bans, taxes to increase the price, and the restriction on use of products indoors", Ylioja said. Almost all tobacco product use begins during youth and young adulthood, according to the report, and the new numbers signify a reversal in recent progress to reduce overall tobacco product use among adolescents. The figure dropped to 21.7% of Hispanics and was down to 18.4% of non-Hispanic other race.

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