A study by the US government found that vaping This year, rates fell sharply among younger students. The drop comes after an increase in illnesses and deaths related to last year’s sudden rise.
The national Survey, This week, showed that less than 20 percent of high school students said they were recent users of e-cigarettes and other vapor products. Only 5 percent of middle school students said they have used them recently.
This is a major drawback from a similar survey in 2019. In an earlier survey, about 28 percent of high school students and 11 percent of middle school students had recently returned.
The 2020 survey was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
About 20,000 American students participated in the survey from mid-January to mid-March. They were asked about any vaping or use of tobacco products during the previous month.
While the number of students smoking cigarettes has decreased all the time in recent years, the use of vaping products has exploded. Officials say vaping growth was linked to popular e-cigarettes, such as those made by Zula Labs of San Francisco.
Earlier this year, the FDA barred certain flavors from vaping devices used primarily by minors. And federal law now bans the sale of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes under the age of 21.
Public health experts have thought that if there has been an increase in sudden-related illnesses in the past year, some students may have a reason to let go of vapor. Most cases occurred in August and September. By the end of the year, there were over 2,600 illnesses and close to 60 deaths.
Most of those who got sick said that they used to steam mixtures containing THC. It is the substance in marijuana that produces a high. Health officials eventually focused their investigation on these THC products and on a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate, which was added to some THC vapor fluids.
Matt Myers of the campaign for tobacco-free children said in a statement that the survey showed a “meaningful decline” in juvenile vaping. But he criticized the Trump administration after promising to ban all-tasting e-cigarettes. Policy not covered Disposable E-cigarettes, which saw a large increase in this year’s survey.
Myers said, “Until any flavored e-cigarette is released into the market, children will get their hands on it and we will not resolve this crisis.”
I’m Brian Lynn.
The Associated Press reported this story. High Do adapted the story to learn English. Brian Lynn was the editor.
Words in this story
vape – V. produced by electronic cigarettes or similar devices. Inhale or exhale
Survey – N. An activity in which many people are asked questions from other people to gather information about what most people do or think.
Disposable – adj is used only once or only briefly.