High school e-cigarette use is exploding and reversing prevention gains

Rhiannon Griffith Bowman smokes an e-cigarette at Digital Ciggz on Jan. 28 2015 in San Rafael Calif

Second-year University of Calgary health sciences student Devin Aggarwal said youth vaping has been linked to higher smoking rates of tobacco cigarettes.

Dr Sharma and his team exposed the cells to different concentrations of cigarette smoke, e-cigarette vapour and vapour from a heated tobacco device, and measured whether this was damaging to cells and whether it affected the cells' normal functions.

According to a new infographic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes go by various names, including "e-cigs", "e-hookahs", "mods", "vape pens", "vapes", "tank systems" and "electronic nicotine delivery systems". 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.

The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes grew by 1.5 million in 2018, undermining years of progress in reducing youth smoking, health authorities said Monday.

The CDC said 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users of some type of tobacco product in 2018, up from 3.6 million in 2017, with the growth attributed to e-cigarettes.

"E-cigarettes could be playing a role in the patterns of use we're seeing among kids in terms of cigarette smoking", he said, adding, "It is possible that we are reinforcing and perpetuating dependency". "Irrespective of whether its middle or high school, the most common combination is e-cigarettes and cigarettes". But with the introduction of e-cigarettes, the trend of nicotine uptake is not likely to slow down in the coming years.

For the fifth year in a row, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high schoolers. JA: Sugar on fog, blizzard sticks, heady poppers - at least that's what my teenage neighbor calls them.

"From a public health perspective we should be very concerned about what that might mean, especially with the popularity of these pod-based products with incredibly high levels of nicotine in them".

"They shouldn't be using these products routinely or even experimenting with them", she said. In January, the FDA warned that e-cigarettes could be pulled from the market entirely if youth use continues to rise.

The agency specifically cited the e-cigarette JUUL in its report, noting that the increase in youth vaping mirrored increased sales of JUUL.

The findings were published February 11 in the CDC publication Vital Signs.

There were 1.5 million more young e-cigarette users in 2018 than 2017, and those who vaped did so more often, the CDC found.

"No child should be using any tobacco or nicotine-containing product and we're committed to reversing this epidemic", Gottlieb said.

Among high school students, 32.4% of non-Hispanic whites reported current use of any tobacco product in 2018, compared to 21.7% of Hispanics, 18.4% of non-Hispanics of other races, and 17.4% of black students.

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