Skyrocketing teen e-cig use erases declines in youth tobacco use

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  • The CDC shares troubling news on the tobacco control front when it comes to kids
  • The rise in vaping was the single biggest jump in teen use of a tobacco product since 1999
  • Most commonly used by teens; 3 million or 21% of high school students and 570,000 or 5% of middle school students said they vaped at least once in the previous month
  • One and half million more teens using e-cigarettes in 2018 than in 2017
  • In 2017-18, e-cigarette use jumped 78% among high schoolers and 48% among middle schoolers, erasing any previous declines
  • From 2016 to 2017, the sales of Juul increased by approximately 600%, a trend that continued through 2018 with them now holding 70% of e-cigarette market share
  • The CDC found that not only was overall use of tobacco products rising, so was frequency
  • From 2017 to 2018, the percent of high school students using at least once in the previous 30 days, to frequent users, or using 20 or more times in the previous 30 days, jumped from 20% to almost 30%
  • So that’s 4 million high school students and 840,000 middle school students using nicotine products
  • The US FDA has stepped in to put in place several regulations to try and curb the impact of this on young people
  • The impact of vaping has has dramatically increased nicotine addiction in youth and has erased all prior declines in teen tobacco use.