Vapes Named and Blamed

E-cigarettes have single-handedly erased progress against teen tobacco use, according to a damning US CDC report published yesterday.

Among American youth, cigarette smoking had been declining since the late 1990s. But from 2017-2018, tobacco use among high schoolers rose more than 38%, according to National Youth Tobacco Survey data.

From 2017-2018, the number of high schoolers who said they vaped rose a startling 78% and climbed 48.5% among middle schoolers.

The CDC’s Brian King warns against playing “whack-a-mole” with tobacco products as they go in and out of fashion. “When it comes to youth," says King, there are "no redeeming aspects of any form of tobacco product.”

NBC News

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