Conducted by researchers at the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) indicated that e-cigarette use amongst teens dropped by a third.
Carried out between January 16th and March 16th, the school-based survey indicated that 19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) reported e-cigarette use, down from 27.5% (4.11 million) in 2019. Amongst middle school students the figure dropped aswell, from 10.5% (1.24 million) in 2019, to 4.7% (550 000).
However, despite these promising numbers pointed out the FDA, having increased dramatically since 2011, teen vaping rates remain relatively high, with 3.6 million youth believed to be current users. Moreover, explained the agency, data indicated an alarming increase in the number of teens using disposable e-cigarettes.
The FDA added that more than 8 out of 10 teen vapers use flavours and almost 40% of high school users are using an e-cigarette on 20 or more days out of the month and almost a quarter of them use e-cigarettes every day. All these factors, said the agency, are indicators of a high nicotine dependence among youth, and show the need for action.
Diane Caruana – VapingPost – March 18, 2021.