Research shows that more than 2.5 million middle- and high-school students in the US use e-cigarettes

Based on data from a survey earlier in the year, approximately 2.55 million high school and middle-school students in America use e-cigarettes.

The responses to the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey were examined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and US Food and Drug Administration. They were conducted between January 18 and May 31, 2022. The survey revealed that 14.1% of high-school students used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, while 3.3% of middle school students did. They were used by 42.3% of those who reported it frequently and 27.6% reported daily use.

“This study shows that youth in the United States are still being enticed and hooked on e-cigarette brands that deliver flavored nicotine,” Deirdre Lawrence Kittner, director at CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health said in a press release. “Our work is not over. We all must work together to stop youths from using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, and to help those who do quit.

According to the CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday, “Puff bar” was the most frequently reported brand that middle- and high school students used in the past thirty days (29.7%), followed closely by Vuse (23.6%) and JUUL (22.0%). NJOY (8.3%), Hyde (7.3%), and blu (6.5 %).”).

The majority of current users opted for flavored products (84.9%). The most popular flavor was fruit, followed by mint, menthol, candy, and sweet flavors.

Brands like Puff Bar were not covered by the US Food and Drug Administration until April 2012. Because vaping companies were producing synthetic nicotine in laboratories and not tobacco-derived nicotine, the agency did not have jurisdiction over them.

A March national spending bill “makes it clear that FDA can regulate tobacco products that contain nicotine from any source.” Anyone who makes or sells “nontobacco nicotine” must comply with FDA regulations. This includes not selling to minors or giving away samples.

Researchers noted that e-cigarettes were the most popular tobacco product among U.S. high school and middle school students since 2014. The majority of e-cigarettes contain nicotine which can be addictive and can cause brain damage in young adolescents. It can also increase the risk of future addiction to other drugs.

In a press release, Brian King, the director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products stated that “adolescent electronic cigarette use in America remains at concern levels and poses a grave public health risk for our nation’s youth.” “Together with the CDC, protecting our nation’s youth from the dangers of tobacco products– including e-cigarettes–remains among the FDA’s highest priorities, and we are committed to combatting this issue with the breadth of our regulatory authorities.”

These findings are based on data from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey. This survey was self-administered by students in grades six through twelve and was conducted from January 18 to May 31, 2012.

According to the CDC press release, there are changes in survey methodology due to the pandemic. This means that 2022 estimates cannot be compared with previous years.

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