Health officials say e-cigarette use among teens rising

Number of US teens using e-cigarettes surges to 5m in one year – study

Number of US teens using e-cigarettes surges to 5m in one year – study

"It's putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction", Redfield said. In fact, a study conducted by the Centre for Substance Use Research UK, to be presented at the upcoming 2019 SRNT Annual Meeting, found that of all surveyed USA adolescents aged 13-17 who reported ever using a JUUL device, a majority reported that they had initiated on a flavor not offered in JUUL products.

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. Frequent use (defined as more than 20 days in the past 30 days) of e-cigarettes rose from 20% in 2017 to 28% a year ago among current high school e-cigarette users.

In a Monday morning press conference, Brian King, MPH, of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health noted that while cigarette smoking among youth did not increase in 2018, it did not decline and the popularity of e-cigarettes could be impacting youth smoking rates.

"Unlike tobacco, electronic cigarettes are not regulated, and from what we know nicotine is already addicting and these electronic cigarettes contain more nicotine than cigarettes", said Robinson.

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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. But with the introduction of e-cigarettes, the trend of nicotine uptake is not likely to slow down in the coming years.

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E-cigarette use increased to almost 21 percent among high schoolers and 5 percent among middle schoolers in 2018, up from about 12 percent and 3 percent in 2017, respectively.

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

Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a nicotine liquid that users inhale, and have been gaining popularity in the United States and overseas. However, many adults who use the liquid nicotine products continue to use regular cigarettes, and the new CDC data show the number of dual users appears to be on the rise among young people.

Vaping began to take off among the young in the 2010s, and overtook cigarette smoking in 2014.

An illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, D.C., on October 2, 2018.

"JUUL also has a high nicotine content, among the highest of any e-cigarette on the US market", King continued. Men also used tobacco products more frequently than women. The figure dropped to 21.7% of Hispanics and was down to 18.4% of non-Hispanic other race.

The FDA has proposed to allow flavored e-cigarette products to be sold in stores only, not online.

The U.S. Surgeon General has more about e-cigarettes and young people.

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