Youth Tobacco Use Increased in 2018, Erasing Long Decline — CDC

Youth Tobacco Use Increased in 2018, Erasing Long Decline — CDC

The US categorises e-cigarettes as tobacco products, a definition not shared by all countries.

According to a new infographic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes go by various names, including "e-cigs", "e-hookahs", "mods", "vape pens", "vapes", "tank systems" and "electronic nicotine delivery systems".

According to the Vermont Department of Health, "When tobacco products and e-cigarettes are sold in flavors kids love, like cotton candy, bubble gum and peanut butter cup, they attract youth and seem less unsafe. It's putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction", said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD. Aside from e-cigarettes, the data show no change in the use of other tobacco products, including cigarettes.

The nicotine in e-cigarettes also pose other health hazards, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director. Almost all tobacco products contain nicotine, which is "highly addictive and can harm brain development, including harmful effects on learning, memory and attention".

The students and physicians worry about nicotine addiction and how it affects a developing brain.

Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called the survey results "deeply troubling".

For adult smokers, e-cigarettes are supposed to be a safer alternative, but only if a smoker switches completely.

The high school group most likely to use any tobacco product was non-Hispanic white students, followed by Hispanic students, non-Hispanic other race students and lastly, non-Hispanic black students.

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The proportion of high schoolers who vaped at least 20 of the past 30 days increased to 28 percent in 2018 from 20 percent the year before, the CDC added.

The e-cigarette market has become attractive to traditional tobacco companies.

The JUUL is shaped like a USB flash drive and is easy to hide, the CDC noted.

He said that many also got a chance to express how smoking affected their peers, families and communities, and detailed research they have conducted.

"JUUL entered the USA market in 2015 and since December 2017 has held the greatest market share of any e-cigarette in the United States". He added that if the trend continues in 2019, tough decisions will have to be made regarding the regulation of e-cigarettes. The U.S. Surgeon General also warned that their use is skyrocketing among minors, with one in five high school students reporting previous year that they used e-cigarettes at least once in the last month.

An illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, D.C., on October 2, 2018. Men also used tobacco products more frequently than women.

Second-year University of Calgary health sciences student Devin Aggarwal said youth vaping has been linked to higher smoking rates of tobacco cigarettes. "Currently, more than 7,000 e-cigarette flavors are available".

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among USA kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. The rise has been so significant that it has wiped out any progress in declining youth tobacco use in recent years, according to a report published Monday.

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