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CDC: 3.6 Million Teens Using E-Cigarettes in 2018


Use of electronic cigarettes spiked almost 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students in the past year alone, with 3.6 million teens reporting current e-cigarette use in 2018, according to new national survey data from the CDC.

In 2018, just under 21% of high school students (3.05 million) reported vaping within the last 30 days, versus about 1.5% (220,000) in 2011.

Among middle school students, current e-cigarette use increased from 0.6% in 2011 (60,000 students) to 4.9% (570,000) in 2018.

Data from the CDC's 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), which is a nationally representative survey of middle and high school students, were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The survey also revealed that 28% of high school current e-cigarette users were vaping regularly (on 20 or more days in the past month) and two-thirds were using flavored e-cigarettes.

The newly released CDC report, attributed the dramatic increase in teen e-cigarette use between 2017 and 2018 to the popularity of the e-cigarette brand Juul, which is shaped like a USB flash drive, and other closed-cartridge vaping products.

In September, the FDA issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors, the majority of which were the e-cigarette manufacturers blu, Juul, Logic, MarkTen XL, and Vuse.

Talk with your children, teens and young adults about vapes and Juuls – the addictive potential of nicotine, the waste of money, the impact on heart rate/blood pressure, potential for asthma/chronic cough/frequent illness, and the possibility of future lung cancers.

The bottom line is please know that these products are out there, your teens/young adults/college students know what they are, and definitely know someone that has a Juul. The biggest question is can they stay strong in light of the peer pressure? What’s worse is that many kids in the Chester, Berks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties are vaping marijuana and its components – our vigilance as parents never ends!!!



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