In fact, a study conducted by the Centre for Substance Use Research UK, to be presented at the upcoming 2019 SRNT Annual Meeting, found that of all surveyed US adolescents aged 13-17 who reported ever using a JUUL device, a majority reported that they had initiated on a flavor not offered in JUUL products. That is up from 3.6 million in 2017, a 36% increase.
The group gathered on Tuesday and some of the students say recently proposed vaping restrictions don't go far enough. These products may be sold online and in retail without age verification and are a serious threat to efforts to fight underage e-cigarette use prevalence.
The study has compared new heated tobacco devices, which heat solid tobacco instead of an e-liquid, with vaping and traditional cigarettes showing that all the three are toxic to the cells. However, there were 1.5 million more youth e-cigarette users a year ago compared with 2017, and those who were vaping used the devices more often. Across high school student users in 2018, any tobacco product use was reported at 32.4% for non-Hispanic whites.
A group of Calgary students and doctors are pressing the provincial and federal governments for stricter regulations for vaping and e-cigarettes.
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In recent years, the overall proportion of high school students using any tobacco products fell, mainly due to fewer students smoking cigarettes and cigars, the CDC said. "It's putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction".
The US categorizes e-cigarettes as tobacco products, a definition not shared by all countries.
He said: "Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, and with the introduction of e-cigarettes in the last decade, the trend of nicotine uptake is not going to slow down in the near future".
"Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development, including harmful effects on learning, memory and attention", Schuchat said.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration, called the data a "sobering reminder" of the rise in e-cigarette use.More news: Thai Princess sorry for causing problems by trying to run for PM
Gottlieb said these trends could force the FDA "to make some tough decisions about the regulatory status of e-cigarettes".
In response to the CDC's study, Jennifer Hunter, Altria's client services senior vice president, corporate citizenship, said kids should never be using tobacco products. "The devices also use nicotine salts, which can allow high amounts of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation than the free-based nicotine that's used in most other e-cigarettes".
Michael Siegel of Boston University's medical school, said "Typically, the main reason why we use taxation in public health is as an incentive to change behaviors". "Raising the legal age of purchase for all tobacco products to 21, which we strongly support, is the single most effective way to address underage use".
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