The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is blaming nicotine vaping devices like Juul for driving without help an increase in tobacco use among teens, which threatens to erase the years of progress that slow down the use of tobacco. young boys.
Of all the tobacco products surveyed by the CDC, including cigarettes and narghile, only electronic cigarettes saw a significant increase in use. Among high school students, the consumption of electronic cigarettes increased by almost 78 percent. In 2018, nearly 21 percent of high school students vaped, an increase of almost 12 percent in 2017.
According to the survey, in 2018, 1.5 million more high school and high school students vaped than in 2017, up to 3.6 million from the 2.1 million.
Although the survey did not specifically ask adolescents about Juul, Brian King, deputy director of research translation at the CDC's Office of Smokers and Health, said that the increase in the use of electronic cigarettes coincides with the increase in sales of cigarettes. Juul products.
Teenagers also vape more frequently than before. According to the CDC, about 28 percent of teens who are vaping do so 20 or more times per month, an increase of 39 percent compared to 20 percent of teens who were defined as frequent users in 2017.
About 40 percent of high school students who said they used tobacco said they used two or more types of products, an increase of 23 percent. According to the survey, about 15 percent of them smoked and smoked cigarettes.
The data confirm anecdotal reports that more and more teenagers have started using electronic cigarettes, particularly Juul. Public health officials, including the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and the Surgeon General, warned that the trend could reverse two decades by reducing adolescent smoking rates.
"The dizzying rise in e-cigarette use by young people over the past year threatens to erase the progress made in reducing youth tobacco use," CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a statement. "It's putting a new generation at risk of nicotine addiction."
Among other tobacco products, including cigarettes and cigars, the CDC found no significant change. That means that electronic cigarettes were the only drivers of the increase in total tobacco consumption, the agency said. Electronic cigarettes outperformed cigarettes and became the most widely used form of tobacco among high school and high school students in 2014.