US teen vaping numbers climb, fueled by Juul & mint flavor

Henrietta Brewer
November 7, 2019

As data from the 2018 edition of the survey showed, there was a skyrocketing use of e-cigarettes among youth in the U.S., and that "Disapproval of regular use of e-cigarettes also has been relatively low compared to most other substances".

The law was signed by Governor Cuomo in the month of July, 2019 and will apply to both the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

The Governor's office cites figures from the Department of Health indicating close to 40 percent of 12 grade students and 27 percent of high school students in New York State now use e-cigarettes, with the number of high schoolers using the products 160 percent higher in 2018 than it was in 2014. According to the Surgeon General, 88 percent of adult smokers started using tobacco before the age of 18 and 90 percent of the people who purchase cigarettes for minors are between the ages of 18 and 20. Those age increases have been imposed in an effort to cut into teen vaping.

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As the popularity of e-cigarettes remains in high schools and middle schools in the U.S., there will no doubt be a continued effort to eradicate its negative effects and prioritise student health.

The researchers estimate almost 1 million students use e-cigarettes daily.

Now it appears, according to Bloomberg, that there may be some more exemptions to the flavor ban. "Eliminating access to flavored e-cigarettes is a pro-active approach to a growing problem".

"Spatarella agreed. "The preferences [of teens] for flavors is shifting", she said, with users "'graduating" from candy or fruit flavors to more "grown-up' flavors, such as menthol and mint". "[Such moves] could also encourage the millions of US adolescents who already use e-cigarettes to quit vaping, especially if they can no longer access e-cigs in flavors they like". Of those, mint was by far the most popular.

Among 10th and 12th graders, mint and mango ranked first and second - about 44% and 27% among 10th graders, and 47% and 24% among 12th graders, respectively.

Juul representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new research.

Juul is the most popular e-cigarette used by USA teenagers - the term "juuling " has become synonymous with the use of e-cigarettes - but it's not the only one. And that number could be even higher, the researchers say, since some students may falsely believe that other e-cigarettes are also made by Juul.

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