More than one in four high school students in the US is now evaporating, as well as more than 10 percent of high school students, new research shows.
Diseases caused by vape have risen in recent months to a crisis in which 39 people – including at least one as young as 17 – have been killed and 1,900 people have fallen ill.
A series of new studies from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the University of Southern California (USC) show that the use of e-cigarettes in American teenagers is even more ubiquitous than previously thought.
As suspected, most students use flavored e-cigarettes, especially those sold by the trendy but controversial laden Juul Labs, with mint rankings most popular with high school students and second most popular with high school students.
Officials in the Trump Administrations told the Washington Street Journal that the White House will announce this week that it is moving ahead with legislation to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, but not mint and menthol.
And excluding these flavors from the ban could mean that it doesn't stop American teenagers from going on steam, the new studies suggest.
More than one in four American high school students and 10.5 percent of high school vapors, with the most preference for mint and sweet flavors – especially those sold by Juul, finds new research
& # 39; Our study wonders whether regulations or sales suspensions of flavored e-cigarettes that exclude mint flavors would reduce meaningful youth vapor, & # 39; said Dr. Adam Leventhal, director of the USC & # 39; s Institute for Addiction Science.
He and his team investigated which flavors of Juul – which the FDA study found to be used by 59.1 percent of high school viders and 54.1 percent of high school users – are preferred.
They discovered that the first choice of high school students is mint (44 percent) and the second is mango (27 percent), while the same tastes ranked in reverse for high school users in 2019.
In theory, underage users should not even be able to get hold of mango, given that Juul took it and other sweet pods from stores online stores over a year ago, in October 2018, promised to wait for them to sell until they & # 39; was assessed by the FDA.
The company has continued to sell mint pods.
And students kept evaporating.
Following and reinforcing the results of the USC study, the FDA study among 19,000 American students discovered that 72 percent of non-smoking high school students also use flavored e-cigarettes, with mint or menthol as one of the most popular varieties .
The same applied to 59 percent of high school students.
Juul has been researched by the FDA for the use of its sweet flavors and marketing to lure underage users.
Experts agree that sweet flavors create a low threshold for teenagers and children.
Cities and states such as Michigan, New York and Washington have all banned flavored e-cigarettes, although many have legal challenges.
Massachusetts has imposed a wholesale ban on the sale of all e-cigarettes, a measure that other states have discontinued.
As the death toll increased – it has now reached at least 39 Americans with 1,9000 sick with a mysterious vape-related lung disease – President Trump promised to act quickly to ban flavored e-cigs.
He then seemed to be curbing that promise, via Twitter, but officials told the Wall Street Journal that legislation to ban the tastes will be announced this week.
If it reflects a ban on the entire state, federal legislation would allow mint and menthol flavors to still be sold with the alleged original intention of e-cigarettes to serve as a smoking cessation agent.
But to effectively keep the products out of the hands of American teenagers and children, these laws may need to go further, experts suggest.
& # 39; Regulations that reduce young people's exposure to flavored e-cigarettes can help prevent young people trying to become e-cigarettes into long-term e-cigarette users & # 39 ;, said Dr. Levanthal.
& # 39; Such prescriptions can also encourage the millions of American adolescents who are already using e-cigarettes to stop vaping, especially if they no longer have access to e-cigarettes in tastes they like, which according to our study are both minty and contain a fruity taste. & # 39;
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