While changes to survey methodology and the existence of new products like e-cigarettes make today's overall tobacco use numbers hard to compare to years before 2011, the current high-school tobacco use rate resembles cigarette smoking levels not seen since 2001. 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.
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.
E-cigarettes caused an uptick in tobacco use among America's adolescents in 2018, reversing years of progress on reducing youth tobacco use, according to federal health officials. Across middle school students a year ago, any tobacco product use was reported among 9.5% of Hispanics and 6.8% of non-Hispanic blacks, and it dropped to 6.6% of non-Hispanic whites and dropped again to 3.8% of non-Hispanic students of other races.
The US categorises e-cigarettes as tobacco products, a definition not shared by all countries. They are commonly called next generation or heat-not-burn products.
"They shouldn't be using these products routinely or even experimenting with them", she said.More news: IBM’s AI machine loses debate against a human
In 2018, both FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, declared the rise in e-cigarette use among youth an "epidemic".
The e-cigarette market has become attractive to traditional tobacco companies.
"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 noted that the National Youth Tobacco Survey is conducted in the spring, so the earlier data likely did not reflect this increase.More news: Enes Kanter signs deal with Portland Trail Blazers
Experts attribute the vaping increase to the exploding popularity of newer versions of e-cigarettes, like those by Juul Labs Inc. of San Francisco.
The team exposed the cells to different concentrations of cigarette smoke, e-cigarette vapour and vapour from a heated tobacco device, and measured whether this was damaging to cells and whether it affected the cells' normal functions.
Among high school students, 32.4% of non-Hispanic whites reported current use of any tobacco product in 2018, compared to 21.7% of Hispanics, 18.4% of non-Hispanics of other races, and 17.4% of black students.
High school students who attended the media event Tuesday said their peers are frequently vaping in school bathroom stalls, in locker-rooms and in their vehicles.
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