Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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Vaping Is Erasing Gains Made Against Teen Smoking

Vaping Is Erasing Gains Made Against Teen Smoking

"If the current trend continues, tobacco use will cause more than eight million deaths annually by 2030 around the world", noted Sharma.

"E-cigarettes could be playing a role in the patterns of use we're seeing among kids in terms of cigarette smoking", he said, adding, "It is possible that we are reinforcing and perpetuating dependency".

While the number of middle and high school cigarette smokers has been falling steadily since 2011, the number of vapers in that group has increased dramatically, from 1.5 per cent then to 20.8 in 2018. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday.

Officials say there could be several reasons for the stall, but that a recent boom in vaping is the most likely explanation.

According to a new infographic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes go by various names, including "e-cigs", "e-hookahs", "mods", "vape pens", "vapes", "tank systems" and "electronic nicotine delivery systems". But they are unaware of the long-term impact of using e-cigarettes.

Earlier this month, Health Canada announced proposed new advertising rules that would restrict where ads for vaping products could be displayed to limit their visibility to young people, require health warning messages on permitted ads and restrict the display of vaping products at points of sale. The products resemble computer flash drives, can be recharged in USB ports and can be used discreetly - including in school bathrooms and even in classrooms. The data also indicate that many youth tobacco product users use multiple products, with about 2 in 5 high school students and 1 in 3 middle school students reporting use of two or more tobacco products in 2018. Those findings were about the same seen in similar surveys in 2016 and 2017.

The report's authors wrote, "More than 1 in 4 (27.1%) high school students and about 1 in 14 (7.2%) middle school students now used a tobacco product in 2018".

The researchers found that cigarette smoke and heated tobacco vapour were both toxic to lung cells - and so was e-cigarette vapour at high concentrations.

MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) - E-cigarettes have obliterated past progress in reducing tobacco product use among teenagers, USA health officials said Monday. "Indeed, if anything, the evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes could increase the number of kids who smoke cigarettes". But health officials have anxious for years that electronic cigarettes could lead kids to switch to smoking traditional cigarettes.

There is, however, some split of opinion among health researchers. The young advocates spoke honestly on how cigarette-smoking affects their lives, and how certain substances disproportionately affect their neighborhoods, said one of the organizers.

Cigarette smoking is still declining in some states.

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