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

CDC blasts e-cigarettes again

"The skyrocketing growth of young people's e-cigarette use over the past year threatens to erase progress made in reducing youth tobacco use", said CDC Director Robert Redfield. The U.S. Surgeon General also warned that their use is skyrocketing among minors, with one in five high school students reporting a year ago that they used e-cigarettes at least once in the last month.

The CDC findings come from a national survey conducted last spring of more than 20,000 middle and high school students. "If the current trend continues, tobacco use will cause more than eight million deaths annually by 2030 around the world".

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.

E-cigarettes are generally considered better than cigarettes for adults who are already addicted to nicotine.

Commenting on the rise of e-cigarette use, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. said, "These data are a sobering reminder of the rampant rise of youth e-cigarette use". The number of high school students who used e-cigarettes 20 or more days a month increased from 20 percent in 2017 to 27.7 percent in 2018.

The FDA is now being sued by a group of health campaigners for delaying e-cigarette regulations meant to go into effect early in the Trump presidency.

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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. Almost all tobacco product use begins during youth and young adulthood, according to the report, and the new numbers signify a reversal in recent progress to reduce overall tobacco product use among adolescents.

"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".

Scientists also said that they took almost five decades to clearly know the damaging effects of cigarette smoke.

"JUUL also has a high nicotine content, among the highest of any e-cigarette on the US market", King continued. However, the first independent studies have shown that combustion is taking place and toxic and carcinogenic compounds are released, some in lower levels than in conventional cigarette smoke, others in higher levels.

The report also showed that those who use e-cigarettes are using them more frequently. The FDA also has begun to regulate e-cigarette manufacturing the same way it regulates more traditional tobacco products.

"Legislators and policy-makers are responding, but we need rapid action to ban advertising to youth including through social media outlets, restrict purchases including online, raise the age of purchasing nicotine products to 21, ban vaping in places where tobacco is prohibited, and ensure that nicotine vaping products are taxed like other tobacco products", he continued.

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