On September 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new, long-awaited data on youth vaping rates in the United States.
Although the agencies note that remote learning might have affected students’ access to nicotine products, and discourage comparisons to years prior, there was a dramatic decrease.
The rate of current use fell from 19.6 percent (per last year’s figures) to 11.3 percent among high schoolers; and from 4.7 percent to 2.8 percent of middle schoolers. (“Current” e-cigarette use is defined as using at least once in the past 30 days.)
Daily use, meanwhile, occurs only among a fraction of all youths defined as current users: 3.1 percent of high-schoolers vape daily, according to the latest data, and 0.2 percent of those in middle school.
Additionally, the products now favored appear to be disproportionately disposable vapes, not the pod-based or open systems that most adults prefer: 53.7 percent of vaping youths use disposables, say the new figures—up sharply from 26.5 percent in 2020.
Alex Norcia – FilterMag – 2021-09-30.