"It's putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction", said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD. In addition, the frequency in which high school e-cigarette users were using these products increased by almost 40 percent between 2017 and 2018.
Last year, around 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users of tobacco products, up by more than a million users from the previous year.
"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".
"Unlike tobacco, electronic cigarettes are not regulated, and from what we know nicotine is already addicting and these electronic cigarettes contain more nicotine than cigarettes", said Robinson.
"We use menthol more than any other group, and our community is struggling and more needs to be done to help because a lot of students are also falling victim to menthol cigarettes", said Robinson.
On Tuesday, February 12, middle and high schoolers who are members of Our Voices Xposed (OVX) and Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) - Vermont's youth-led movements to reduce youth smoking and vaping - are scheduled to march to the Vermont Statehouse for a rally against the perils of electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco among their peers. But with the introduction of e-cigarettes, the trend of nicotine uptake is not likely to slow down in the coming years.
"The kids using e-cigarettes are children who rejected conventional cigarettes, but don't see the same stigma associated with the use of e-cigarettes", Gottlieb said in a statement.More news: USA meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states
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E-cigarette use increased to almost 21 percent among high schoolers and 5 percent among middle schoolers in 2018, up from about 12 percent and 3 percent in 2017, respectively.
Sales of Juul, which is a high nicotine e-cigarette with vaping liquid contained in pods resembling USB devices, increased by approximately 600% during 2016-2017 and increased even further in 2018.
"JUUL also has a high nicotine content, among the highest of any e-cigarette on the USA market", King continued. Cigarettes (8 percent) were next most common, followed by cigars (7 percent), smokeless tobacco (6 percent), hookah (4 percent), and pipe tobacco (1 percent).
The group also recommended that vaping products be sold behind a counter by a health professional without attractive packaging and with all of the ingredients clearly labelled.
While smoking rates had been declining for years, new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that tobacco use is rising among young people nationwide. Men also used tobacco products more frequently than women.
The findings were published February 11 in the CDC publication Vital Signs. "... Youth use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe".
The U.S. Surgeon General has more about e-cigarettes and young people.