In 2019, teenagers vaped at nearly twice the rate they did the year before, a new study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found. This comes amid a positive trend of declining use of opioid misuse, tobacco cigarettes, and alcohol.
In a nationally representative survey of America’s middle school and high school students, 14% of 12th graders reported vaping cannabis in the past month. In 2018, 7.5% of 12th graders said they had vaped cannabis in the past month.
The number of teens who admitted to vaping cannabis once or more in the past year more than doubled over the past few years, too. It rose to 20.8% for 12th graders, 19.4% for 10th graders, and 7% for 8th graders.
Additionally, 3.5% of 12th graders and 3% of 10th graders reported daily use.
These findings come on the heels of a government report released in September. It found that a quarter of high school seniors reported vaping nicotine within the last month.
Vaping Manufacturers Are Misleading America’s Young People
Experts feel that these negative trends stem from the perceived sleekness of vaping devices, and the mistaken belief that they are safe to use.
Matt Richtel of the New York Times writes, “The rise in vaping, they said, stems partly from the allure of the sleek electronic devices that deliver nicotine and marijuana, glamorized on social media and streaming videos; the gadgets are also relatively easy to conceal because they are designed to reduce smell and smoke. The popular Juul device, for instance, is often referred to as the iPhone of e-cigarettes.”
Young people may be taking these cues from the companies themselves. In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accused Juul of falsely presenting its products as safer than conventional cigarettes.
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Vaping, both among young people and in general, has become a public health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have now been 2,409 cases of hospitalization for vaping-related illness, and 52 deaths nationwide.
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