More Than 20 Percent of High School Students Use E-Cigarettes

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More than three million U.S. high school students—20.8 percent—use e-cigarettes, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2011, only 1.5 percent of high school students (220,000) vaped, according to HealthDay.

“America’s youth are facing a public health crisis that threatens an entire generation: skyrocketing use of nicotine products, brought on by access to flavored products in particular,” Alex Azar, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a news release. “Use of these products, including e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes, and cigars, put our youth at risk for a lifetime of nicotine addiction. Those startling statistics have prompted federal health officials to take action.”

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new restrictions on sales of flavored e-cigarettes to teens. The FDA will allow stores to continue to sell flavored e-cigarettes, but only from closed-off areas that are not accessible to minors.

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    Fr. Jack Kearney, M.Div., CATC IV, CATE

    November 29, 2018 at 10:19 PM

    While we don’t want kids vaping, using “gee-whiz!” statistics does not help the problem. If you read the actual report you will see that only 15 kids in the study use ecigs on a regular basis (3 x month), which would mean 1.5% of the group studied. Hardly an epidemic.

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