CDC blasts e-cigarettes again

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 14, 2019

Additionally, recent decreases in the number of students smoking cigarettes and cigars are stagnating, the CDC said.

Public health experts are continuing to sound the alarm on the teen vaping epidemic, tying the 1.3 million increase in teen tobacco users from 2017 to 2018 directly to e-cigarettes. They were the only product that saw a meaningful increase. But with the introduction of e-cigarettes, the trend of nicotine uptake is not likely to slow down in the coming years.

"Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development, including harmful effects on learning, memory and attention", Schuchat said.

In a statement, Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said the survey results were "deeply troubling".

The new report builds on evidence that youth e-cigarette use raises the risk of graduating to combustible cigarettes, he said.

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

The survey revealed that more than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students used a tobacco product in 2018. Across middle school students past year, 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. Both singled out the huge growth in sales of the e-cigarette brand Juul - introduced to the market in 2015 - as a major contributor to rise in youth e-cigarette use.

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

Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a nicotine liquid that users inhale, and have been gaining popularity in the United States and overseas. "We know very little about the health effects of these new devices, so we designed this research to compare them with cigarette smoking and vaping", added Sharma. We've alerted FDA to this concern and have requested action within its statutory and regulatory authorities to clear these products from store shelves.

For the fifth year in a row, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high schoolers. Men also used tobacco products more frequently than women. (D-Burlington), a physician who heads the health committee, and John Armato (D-Atlantic) - would amend existing laws to prohibit individuals from completing the delivery of a tobacco product or e-cigarette device to any Garden State residence without first obtaining the signature of a person, 21 years of age or older who lives there.

"E-cigarettes could be playing a role in the patterns of use we're seeing among kids in terms of cigarette smoking", he said, adding, "It is possible that we are reinforcing and perpetuating dependency".

While smoking rates had been declining for years, new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that tobacco use is rising among young people nationwide. The figure dropped to 21.7% of Hispanics and was down to 18.4% of non-Hispanic other race.

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