E-cigarette use ‘skyrocketing’ among young Americans

WASHINGTON: The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes grew by 1.5 million in 2018, undermining years of progress in reducing youth smoking, health authorities said on Monday (Feb 11).

Some 3.6 million middle and high school students were current users of vaping products, up from 2.1 million the year before, according to the report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC said the number of current cigarette smokers and consumers of other tobacco products in middle and high school remained roughly stable from 2017 to 2018.

A current user is defined as a person who has used a product in the past 30 days.
The CDC said 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users of some type of tobacco product in 2018, up from 3.6 million in 2017, with the growth attributed to e-cigarettes.

“This is the greatest single year-over-year increase that we’ve ever seen in terms of any tobacco products,” said Brian King, deputy director for research translation at the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.