Young Americans smoking e-cigarettes more than ever: authorities

Rhiannon Griffith Bowman smokes an e-cigarette at Digital Ciggz on Jan. 28 2015 in San Rafael Calif

Rhiannon Griffith Bowman smokes an e-cigarette at Digital Ciggz on Jan. 28 2015 in San Rafael Calif

A group of students and doctors are hoping to do more to stop people from smoking, and they're targeting e-cigarettes and vaping. That is up from 3.6 million in 2017, a 36% increase.

Dr Sharma and his team exposed the cells to different concentrations of cigarette smoke, e-cigarette vapour and vapour from a heated tobacco device, and measured whether this was damaging to cells and whether it affected the cells' normal functions.

The latest Vital Sign report is the first to reflect the impact of rising sales of Juul and other copycat products. In 2018, the CDC said there was an increase in tobacco use, prompted by e-cigarettes, by 4.9 million teenagers. The measure is based on use in the past 30 days.

The number of young people using tobacco products has reached its highest level in years, as e-cigarette popularity is reversing recent progress on other products that contain nicotine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.

Last year, around 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users of tobacco products, up by more than a million users from the previous year. The figure dropped to 21.7% of Hispanics and was down to 18.4% of non-Hispanic other race. Almost 40 percent said they had tried tobacco at some point and 17 percent claimed to be regular users.

"A very important finding in today's study is that 2 in 5 high school students (reporting tobacco use) are using 2 or more tobacco products and 1 in 3 middle school students are", he said.

The rise in vaping was the single biggest jump in teen use of a tobacco product since the beginning of the survey in 1999, a new study finds.

In a press statement, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, expressed plans to create strong interventions as he fears that the youth trends will continue in 2019. Every state except MI has laws that post the minimum age for use. But some products, including e-cigarettes and their frequently flavored oil pods, are available online.

As part of our commitment to combat all underage use, we remain deeply concerned about the proliferation of JUUL-compatible products, which are illegal, marketed in kid- appealing flavors like Cotton Candy, and unlikely to be subject to appropriate quality controls.

Hollis said research indicates the flavouring and chemicals present in e-cigarettes can cause DNA damage to cells in the lungs. E-cigarette maker Juul recently got a $12.8 billion investment from cigarette giant Altria.

After the transaction, the companies suggested that JUUL would be able to take advantage of Altria's considerable marketing and retail footprint, and that JUUL would be more prominently placed in stores and advertised through direct mail to adults.

With the sharp uptick in e-cigarette use, the CDC is likely to find the trend of increased use among youth will not end in 2018.