Teen vaping dropped 40% from 2020 to 2021, a . According to new government report This points to a potentially large drop in overall use among young people – although a quarter of high school respondents reported they vape every day.
A national online survey by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 11% of high school students and 3% of middle school students had used e-cigarettes or related products in the past . 30 days in 2021, compared to 20% of high schoolers and 5% of middle schoolers who said they did in 2020, according to The Associated Press.
In 2019, 28% of high school students said they were recent users.
This was the first year the survey was conducted online rather than in schools, and the study authors cautioned against comparing results to previous years “due to potential underreporting”.
“These figures highlight the fact that flavored e-cigarettes are still extremely popular with children. And we’re equally upset by the quarter of high school students who use e-cigarettes and say they vape every single day,” said Mitch Zeller, JD, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
How many students represent 1.72 million high schoolers and 320,000 middle schoolers – that is, 11% and 3% teens.
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These numbers in the report represent usage from January 2021 to May this year. Surveys conducted during the second half of the year – and after more students return to classes in person – may show different results.
Puff Bar, not JUUL, is the most popular e-cigarette brand.
The FDA has taken a major swing in the vaping industry to try and counter teens’ use of the products. In June, popular e-cigarette maker JUUL was fined $40 million by North Carolina for marketing it to younger users. Nicotine-heavy products caused an “epidemic” in 2019, when the CDC urged people to stop vaping after hundreds of people fell ill with lung disease and a handful died. As a result, New York State Banned Flavored nicotine vapor products last year. Flavors are especially popular with teens – an FDA survey recently stated that nearly 85% of teen users have chosen flavored ones.
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