The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes grew by 1.5 million in 2018, thus undermining the years of progress in reducing smoking among young people. Health authorities reported this on Monday.
Approximately 3.6 million high and high school students were current users of vaproducts, compared to 2.1 million a year earlier, while the number of smokers and consumption of other tobacco products remained stable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report ).
A current user is defined as someone who has used a product in the last 30 days.
"The sky-high growth in the use of e-cigarettes by young people in the past year threatens to dispel the progress that has been made in reducing the use of youth tobacco," said CDC director Robert Redfield. "It puts a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction."
The authorities have tightened the regulations, with particular attention being paid to market leader Juul.
"All policy options are on the table", warned Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration, who regulates fever and in November limited the sale of certain flavors, such as fruit and chewing gum.
Vaping started to rise among young Americans in the years of 2010 and reached cigarette smoking in 2014.
Although the number of smokers in secondary and secondary school has steadily declined since 2011, the number of vapers in that group has increased dramatically, from 1.5 percent to 20.8 in 2018.
The survey estimates 4.9 percent of student vape.
The US classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products, a definition that is not shared by all countries.
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