More U.S. Teens Are Vaping, But Use of Opioids, Alcohol Falls

A survey finds 1 in 5 high school seniors was vaping nicotine in 2018

The annual survey of substance use among high school students shows 37 percent of seniors have tried vaping, up from just under 28 percent in 2017.

The percentage of high school seniors who say they vaped nicotine in the past 30 days almost doubled this year, a dramatic increase that federal officials want to curb with new rules and restrictions.

"Even the items that say they have flavors - if you read the fine print and read what they say, it always includes nicotine", Compton said. Researchers say it's unclear whether teens know what's in their vape, and that some may be misguided about vaping only "flavoring".

More than 10.9 percent of 10th graders said they used e-cigarettes in the past year, the survey said.

Vaping among America's teenagers continues to climb, while the use of other substances - such as alcohol and opioids - has declined in recent years, according to a new report.

E-cigarettes and other vaping devices have been sold in the US since 2007, growing into a $6.6 billion business.

While the vape industry insists that its products are only for - and advertised to - adults, teens can easily get their hands on them.

The government's top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the USA, urging swift action to prevent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers. Nicotine is known to raise blood pressure and has been linked to heart disease.

The vapor produced by e-cigarettes deliver very high levels of nicotine, raising fears about the impact on the sensitive, developing brains of young people, and hooking a new generation on the potent drug.

The heated e-liquids, he added, "tear up your lungs".

More than 37 percent of high school seniors say they've vaped, which is up from just over a quarter a year ago.

The findings suggest that the total number of high-school students using tobacco surged by 1.3 million between 2017 and 2018.

Interestingly, regular tobacco use remained at its lowest point with only 3.6 per cent of high school seniors smoking daily, compared to 22.4 per cent two decades ago.

"Vaping is reversing hard-fought declines in the number of adolescents who use nicotine", said lead author Richard Miech, from the university's Institute for Social Research. "It's really important that we keep an eye on this".

The Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) is the legal framework proposed by the European Committee ENVI to regulate tobacco products and its derivatives in Europe. The parents should be clear they don't approve of their children smoking or the use of e-cigarettes.

The e-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the users inhales, the liquid usually contains nicotine and flavoring in it, along with other additives.

"Our intent was never to have youth use Juul products", said company spokesman Ted Kwong.

Juul said in November it would pull popular flavors such as mango, cucumber and fruit from many retail store shelves to reduce teenage use of its products.

Twenty-four other California counties or cities have restricted the sale of these products, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. In Minnesota, nine communities do.

The Food and Drug Administration "has also recognized an "epidemic" of youth vaping".

"This is something that requires immediate action to protect our youth", Hill said.



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