One in four high school students and one in ten high school students have according to the National tobacco survey for young people 2019 released today. The survey results come when both states and the federal government have pushed for stricter rules to stop the rising number of young people who use e-cigarettes. But current efforts may fall short by keeping the flavors of mint and menthol easily accessible. Another study, published today in the same magazine, discovered that mint was the most popular flavor for Juul users in groups 8 to 12.
The figures published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that there are now 4.1 million high school students using electronic cigarettes, about half a million more than the year before. And it's a huge leap from five years ago, when only 4.5 percent of high school students reported vapors. In 2014, Vapen became more popular among student smoking cigarettes for the first time. There is also an increase in how often the students vape. More than one in three people who vape said they had done this for at least 20 days in the last 30 days. That number was closer one in four last year. However, the authors of the study note that it is more difficult to compare this year's figures with previous years due to changes in the questionnaire that reflect the changing brands on the market. And this was the first year the survey was conducted electronically instead of using paper and pencil, making it difficult to compare the results with other years.
The popularity of currency can influence how federal authorities regulate flavors for e-cigarettes. Earlier efforts to curb vape among young people focused on banning sweeter tastes while flavors such as mint and menthol could remain on the shelves. It was thought that those flavors, together with tobacco, attracted older users.
The National Youth Tabax survey included 19,000 students; it is carried out every year by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration to estimate the national use of tobacco products and to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention programs. After last year's survey, the FDA said it would move to stop suppliers from selling sweet-flavored e-cigarette products unless they kept minors out of their stores. But those restrictions did not apply to flavors of tobacco, mint and menthol. At the time, then FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he was still worried about mint, write that "If there are indications that the use of mint or menthol e-cigarettes by children is not falling, I will review this aspect of the current compliance policy."
The taste study conducted by the University of Southern California included 14,000 eighth, tenth and twelfth graders using Juul products, the most widely used e-cigarette brand. The high school students voted mint as their favorite taste, while high school students placed it second after mango. One in ten high school students evaporates according to the tobacco survey.
President Trump called on the FDA in September to ban all flavored cigarettes. "It's not just a general problem, but really specific with respect for children," he told reporters in the White House. Earlier that month, Michigan became the first state to ban them.
The new numbers are coming in a difficult time for the e-cigarette industry. Juul, a giant in the industry, stopped advertising and replaced his CEO in September, and last month a former director accused the company of sending infected pods. Public control over vape is also growing, while the FDA and CDC continue to investigate a series of mysterious vape-related lung injuries that have resulted in 37 deaths. It is a serious concern, but it is unrelated to the increasing number of young people who use e-cigarette products. The vast majority of the injuries reported have been associated with people who use substances that contain THC, not nicotine.