Progress erased: Youth tobacco use increased during 2017-18

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

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

A group of Calgary students is seeking strict regulation of vaping products in response to concerns over increased e-cigarette use among youth.

"The skyrocketing growth of young people's e-cigarette use over the past year threatens to erase progress made in reducing youth tobacco use", said Dr Robert Redfield, director of the CDC. In addition, the frequency in which high school e-cigarette users were using these products increased by almost 40 percent between 2017 and 2018. "Raising the legal age of purchase for all tobacco products to 21, which we strongly support, is the single most effective way to address underage use".

While changes to survey methodology and the existence of new products like e-cigarettes make today's overall tobacco use numbers hard to compare to years before 2011, the current high-school tobacco use rate resembles cigarette smoking levels not seen since 2001.

To put the 4.9 million users in perspective, the CDC explained it was the equivalent of more than one in four high school students and about one in 14 middle school students. Cigar use experienced a similar trend, with current usage also around 8 percent of students. "Indeed, if anything, the evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes could increase the number of kids who smoke cigarettes". There was no change in the use of traditional tobacco products. "If the current trend continues, tobacco use will cause more than eight million deaths annually by 2030 around the world".

"We need to redouble our efforts to protect our nation's youth from this completely preventable risk", Dr. Brian King, deputy director for research translation for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention " s Office on Smoking and Health, said.

"These results are strong evidence that e-cigarettes are not helping to drive down youth cigarette use", Myers said.

Scientists also said that they took almost five decades to clearly know the damaging effects of cigarette smoke.

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. "But now, having become exposed to nicotine through e-cigs, they will be more likely to smoke". He also noted that federal law prohibits states from regulating tobacco product transport by truck, which could conflict with the proposal, as drafted. Some of the findings had been released before, including a boom among students who vaped.

"JUUL also has a high nicotine content, among the highest of any e-cigarette on the USA market", King continued. Of the thousands of e-cigarette flavors now on the market, which ones are the least popular among Vermont teens?

The Democratic-led legislation seeks to close one of the remaining holes in the state's regulatory framework to limit access by minors to tobacco products and smoking devices - including e-cigarettes, or vapes, which heat nicotine-infused oil to create a vapor that is then inhaled; the devices have soared in popularity among teens.

Juul flavors such as mango, fruit and creme will now only be available on the company's website, where it said it was adding additional age-verification measures.

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