E-cigarette use among young people declines

Approximately 3.6 million young people in the United States used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, according to a National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Last year, 5.4 million young people used e-cigarettes.

The number of disposable e-cigarettes used spiked 400 percent among middle school students and 1,000 percent among high school students. In addition, eight in 10 young e-cigarette users used flavored e-cigarettes.

“These results demonstrate that the Administration missed the opportunity to make far greater progress when it broke its promise to clear the market of all flavored e-cigarettes,” Matthew L. Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids president; Robin Koval, Truth Initiative CEO and president, and Dr. Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Public Health program lead said in a statement. “They also show that the progress to date is fragile and can quickly be reversed unless the FDA acts now to eliminate all flavored e-cigarettes, including the menthol products and cheap, disposable e-cigarettes to which kids have rapidly migrated. The evidence couldn’t be clearer: As long as any flavored e-cigarettes are left on the market, kids will get their hands on them, and we will not solve this public health crisis.”

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control analyzed data from the survey conducted Jan. 16–March 16 of sixth through 12th graders.

Melina Druga

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