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Cliff Douglas, American Cancer Society Vice President, Tobacco Control, said, “The unprecedented 78 percent increase in e-cigarette use among our kids in just one year, from 2017 to 2018, threatens to create a new generation of addicted tobacco users, making it paramount that the FDA act as aggressively and expeditiously as possible to stem this dangerous turn of events.” Since e-cigarettes hit the US market in 2007, they have become more and more popular with American adolescents and teens.By 2014, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high-school and middle school students.Research has found that the vapor in e-cigarettes contain some harmful and cancer-causing chemicals, although in significantly lower amounts than cigarette smoke.
It is three years since Australia fully implemented its historic tobacco plain packaging law.
The new statistics show that students who vape are using flavored e-cigarettes more often than ever.
Use of flavored e-cigarette liquid increased from 60.9% to 67.8% among high school students just last year.
Use of e-cigarettes (also known as vaping) by high school students has jumped 78% since last year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responding with a proposal to restrict youth access to flavored nicotine products, which the CDC blames for contributing to the surging popularity of vaping.
The report was published November 15, 2018 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.