In New Jersey, e-cigarettes have become the most popular form of nicotine among teens, with more than one in five public high school students using vapes at some point during the 2016-2017 school year, according to results of the "Youth Tobacco Survey" released Monday by the state Department of Health. He also said that health agencies such as the Center for Disease Control, warn against vaping because it carries long-term negative health effects.
Increasing use of e-cigarettes led to a reversal in progress in reducing youth tobacco product use previous year, CDC reported Monday.
The new report builds on evidence that youth e-cigarette use raises the risk of graduating to combustible cigarettes, he said. "Youth use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe".
"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".
From 2017 to 2018, the frequency of tobacco product use, defined as usage 20 or more days during the past 30 days, also increased by 38.5% among current e-cigarette users in high school, suggesting that e-cigarette users are vaping more often than they have been. But with the introduction of e-cigarettes, the trend of nicotine uptake is not likely to slow down in the coming years.
For adult smokers, e-cigarettes are supposed to be a safer alternative, but only if a smoker switches completely.
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On Tuesday, February 12, middle and high schoolers who are members of Our Voices Xposed (OVX) and Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) - Vermont's youth-led movements to reduce youth smoking and vaping - are scheduled to march to the Vermont Statehouse for a rally against the perils of electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco among their peers.
On Monday, Gottlieb expressed concern that e-cigarette manufacturers may be reneging on vows they made a year ago to counter teen use. The young advocates spoke honestly on how cigarette-smoking affects their lives, and how certain substances disproportionately affect their neighborhoods, said one of the organizers. He also noted that federal law prohibits states from regulating tobacco product transport by truck, which could conflict with the proposal, as drafted.
Products manufactured by Juul have been shown to be especially attractive to minors because they come in fruity flavors such as mango, mint, and fruit and creme.
Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a nicotine liquid that users inhale, and have been gaining popularity in the United States and overseas. We've alerted FDA to this concern and have requested action within its statutory and regulatory authorities to clear these products from store shelves. In return, Altria got 35% of Juul.
Previously, JUUL had promised FDA that it would limit its marketing, including by ending social media accounts that could be appealing to youth.