No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

These findings from the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey appear in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The good? Tobacco use is down from 4.7 million middle and high school students in 2015 to 3.9 million a year ago.

Over the last five years more kids have started using e-cigarettes and hookah.

Some analysts say the jump from 4.5 percent of teens using e-cigs and vaporizers in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 came primarily from changes in how questions about other tobacco products were presented. Some previous research suggests vapor from e-cigarettes may be less toxic than traditional cigarette smoke, but the electronic alternatives still release chemicals that aren't normally in the air and the long-term health effects of the ingredients and flavorings in e-cigarettes are unclear. "Therefore, efforts to prevent youth tobacco use are critical to prevent another generation of adults who smoke and suffer from smoking-related death and disease".

Almost 2 million middle and high school students said they had used two or more tobacco products in the past 30 days.

That jumped to 16 percent in 2015, and it's become more common than cigarette smoking.

However other experts believe any declining trend with respect to tobacco usage is heartening and cause for optimism.

The number of high school students who smoked cigarettes in the 30 days before being surveyed fell to 8% from 9.3% in 2015.

June 15 The overall use of tobacco products by young people in the United States declined in 2016 by the largest amount in six years, led by a drop in e-cigarette use, according to government figures released on Thursday.

The CDC used data from a survey conducted in OR and found that 43.5 percent of eighth-grade students and 34.4 percent of 11th-grade students reported that e-cigarettes were the first tobacco product they used.

Among middle school students, 4.3% reported e-cigarette use, while roughly 2% reported smoking traditional cigarettes or cigars or using smokeless tobacco. And that still leaves 20% of surveyed high school students and 7% of surveyed middle school students using tobacco in 2016.

E-cigarettes may also be losing their novelty among teens, said Matthew Farrelly, a tobacco control researcher at RTI International.

"Tobacco use in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe for youth", said Corinne Graffunder, Dr.PH, M.P.H., director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. Although many people believe that e-cigarettes are less risky than tobacco cigarettes, serious debates have sparked regarding their actual benefits and harms.

While the results show a dip, there was no overall decrease in tobacco product use from 2011 to 2016.

Regulating the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products, coupled with proven population-based strategies, can reduce youth tobacco use and initiation.

Even though the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded e-cigarette vapor may expose children to nicotine and other harmful chemicals, a new study finds that one in three adults aren't sure if the devices are risky to use around kids.

Current e-cigarette smokers were almost 18 times more likely than people who never tried the products to think the secondhand vapors posed no dangers to children, while former e-cigarette users were over seven times more likely to have this opinion, according to the report published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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