Saturday, 23 February, 2019

CDC: Teen Smoking Spiked Thanks to Vaping

VAPING Health experts are warning smoking e-cigarettes could spark a major health crisis VAPING Health experts are warning smoking e-cigarettes could spark a major health crisis
Melissa Porter | 14 February, 2019, 11:57

"The skyrocketing growth of young people's e-cigarette use over the past year threatens to erase progress made in reducing youth tobacco use", said Dr Robert Redfield, director of the CDC.

"In Canada, we see that now one in four high school-aged students have tried an e-cigarette, and the numbers just keep rising", Hollis said at a news conference in Parkdale on Tuesday.

Additionally, recent decreases in the number of students smoking cigarettes and cigars are stagnating, the CDC said. (D-Burlington), a physician who heads the health committee, and John Armato (D-Atlantic) - would amend existing laws to prohibit individuals from completing the delivery of a tobacco product or e-cigarette device to any Garden State residence without first obtaining the signature of a person, 21 years of age or older who lives there.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on e-cigarette marketing and sales aimed at teens, but more needs to be done, said Thomas Ylioja, clinical director of health initiatives at National Jewish Health in Denver.

For adult smokers, e-cigarettes are supposed to be a safer alternative, but only if a smoker switches completely.

"We'll continue to take steps to try to investigate the root causes of this spike in youth e-cigarette use and arrest the momentum of these trends, in particular, by ensuring these products are sold in ways that make them less accessible and appealing to youth", he stated.

For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. But with the introduction of e-cigarettes, the trend of nicotine uptake is not likely to slow down in the coming years.

The FDA is now being sued by a group of health campaigners for delaying e-cigarette regulations meant to go into effect early in the Trump presidency.

According to the new CDC data, about 8 percent of high schoolers said they had recently smoked cigarettes in 2018, and about 2 percent of middle schoolers did.

Vaping began to take off among the young in the 2010s, and overtook cigarette smoking in 2014.

"JUUL also has a high nicotine content, among the highest of any e-cigarette on the US market", King continued. We've alerted FDA to this concern and have requested action within its statutory and regulatory authorities to clear these products from store shelves.

The CDC report singles out the company's sleek device, which is fueled by liquid nicotine "pods", as a reason that the rate of youth e-cigarette use has climbed so high.

The FDA shares the CDC's concerns about the alarming surge in e-cigarette use among teens.

The report also showed that those who use e-cigarettes are using them more frequently.

"Vaping products successfully evaded the regulations that reduced youth tobacco initiation over the past 20-plus years, including age restrictions on purchases accompanied by retailer fines, advertising bans, taxes to increase the price, and the restriction on use of products indoors", Ylioja said.