The number of teenagers who have used e-cigarettes has reached 2 million, and more than 80% of those middle and high school students used flavored e-cigs in 2021, according to a study released today by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Since 2014, they have been the most frequently used smoking product among U.S. youth.
Of the students that were surveyed, 43.6% of high school students and 17.2% of middle school students have used e-cigs in the past month. Of those students, 27.6% of high school and 8.3% of middle school students admitted to daily use. Flavored e-cigs are prevalent.
In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo a woman holds a Puff Bar flavored disposable vape device in New York. U.S. health officials are cracking down on the brand of fruity disposable e-cigarettes that is popular with teenagers, saying the company never had permission to launch in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday, July 20 telling the maker of Puff Bar e-cigarettes to remove its products from the market, including flavors like Mango, Pink Lemonade and Strawberry. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel, File)
The most popular brands include Puff Bar, Vuse, SMOK, JUUL and Suorion, with Puff Bar being the go-to among youth, according to the study. The coronavirus pandemic did not slow down the use of e-cigarettes. Karen Hacker, director of CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, says its usage “remains a serious public health concern.
“It’s critical we continue working together to protect young people from the risks associated with product use, including e-cigarettes,” says Hacker.
Although electronic, e-cigs still contain nicotine and the health, cognitive and addictive risks remain the same. The FDA is working on ways how to address the matter.
Hacker cites the CDC’s National and State Tobacco Control Program site as an educational resource for both youth and parents.