On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration strongly condemned the vaping of teenagers following the release of new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, one in five high school students took up steaming in 2018, a significant jump from 2017. FDA chief Scott Gottlieb described Teen Vaping as one of the agency's "biggest public health challenges".
The data are from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, a large nationally representative survey of secondary and high school students across the country. (In 2017, more than 17,000 students from 241 schools took part in the survey.)
Last November, the CDC released preliminary data from the survey, which estimated that more than 3.6 million children have visited at least once in the past 30 years E-cigarette products used had days in 2018. That's 1.5 million more children than was expected in 2017. On Monday, the CDC released a new report highlighting the trend toward youthful vapors in the context of overall tobacco consumption.
E-cigarettes are considered a tobacco product by the CDC and the FDA, although they do not contain tobacco. However, the nicotine that is normally evaporated in these products comes from the tobacco plant, although not the same kind of tobacco smokers are lit (and at least one company is trying to produce synthetic, tobacco-free nicotine). 19659004] According to the CDC definition, in 2018 there were 4.9 million young consumers of tobacco products. More than one in four high school students (27 percent) consumed tobacco products, while one in 14 middle school students (7.2 percent) did the same. For high school students, this represents an increase of 38 percent compared to 2017, which is solely due to e-cigarettes – nearly 21 percent of high school students experimented with a vaped effect in 2018 in the last month. According to the CDC, the percentage of those who frequently used e-cigarettes (defined as vaping at least 20 out of the last 30 days) in 2018 also rose from 20 to 28 percent.
Probably less harmful than traditional cigarette smoking, the FDA and some (but not all) studies have found that young people who get fumes are more likely to eventually switch to tobacco cigarettes, including some who never would have ever smoked. If this transition is big enough, tobacco experts have been worried that they are slowing down or even reversing a steady decline in smoking rates – no doubt one of the nation's most important health-care victories.
"We need to prevent the trends in the use of e-cigarettes for adolescents from being further developed and will take all necessary measures to ensure that these children do not become future smokers," Gottlieb said in a statement.
Last November In connection with the CDC's release of teenage dumping data, the FDA announced that it would severely restrict flavored e-cigarette products sold in stores, but not an absolute ban. Juul Labs, whose trendy, nicotine-rich teenage products are particularly tempting, has hindered the FDA's response by announcing that they would pull most of their flavored products out of store shelves but still. Last week, two Walmart and Circle K stores were brought to enforce an enforcement action against the sale of tobacco products to minors (if the lawsuits were filed, this would prevent the shops from selling tobacco for 30 days). The agency has also announced Walgreens. Gottlieb said he wanted to arrange a meeting with the retail chain to discuss the repeated violations of the sale of tobacco products to minors. Gottlieb also recently criticized Juul for failing to do enough to stop teenage vaping, especially against the backdrop of his $ 13 billion deal with tobacco giant Altria, which topped the company 35 percent last year had participated in Juul.
The new CDC report contrasts starkly with a large UK study published last month that found that e-cigarettes in conjunction with behavioral counseling could help smokers quit smoking more effectively than traditional treatments such as the nicotine patch or gum ,
Although Gottlieb has claimed that e-cigarettes can still play a role in lowering smoking quotas, he also reaffirms that the agency "will not allow a new generation of children to become addicted to nicotine. We need to increase that of nicotine addiction to children, even if there is a risk that the adult downhill ramp will be restricted.