Vaping on the Rise Among Teens While Opioid Misuse Declines

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E-cigarette use among teens has risen dramatically in the past year, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey.

Increases in teen vaping from 2017 to 2018 were the largest ever recorded in the past 43 years for any teen substance use in the United States, the survey found. The percentage of 12th grade students who reported vaping nicotine in the past 30 days almost doubled—from 11 percent to 21 percent.

Teens’ use of other illicit drugs was flat or decreased, USA Today reports. The percentage of 12th grade students who misused a prescription opioid in the last 12 months declined to 3.4 percent in 2018—almost two-thirds lower than the peak of 9.5 percent recorded in 2004. Binge drinking significantly declined in 2018 among 12th grade students by 2.8 percentage points, to 14 percent.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Responds to 2018 Monitoring the Future Study

“Many parents we talk with are unaware of what vaping is and unprepared to have conversations with their kids or even know what to look for. Conversely, teens may not fully understand that vaping has the potential to be just as addictive as smoking tobacco,” said Fred Muench, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

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

    January 3, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Uh, you forgot to mention this, also from the University of Michigan:

    The benefits of vaping to quit smoking outweigh the health risks of youths moving from electronic to traditional cigarettes, according to a new study by the University of Michigan.

    An analysis by UM researchers Kenneth Warner and David Mendez from the School of Public Health found that in the most likely of several simulations they ran, nearly 3.3 million life-years could be saved by the year 2070.

    “I don’t think this paper resolves the argument once and for all. But we have to go with the best evidence available,” said Warner. “I believe the case is strong; the benefits outweigh the risks.”

    You also win the junk science of the month award for implying that vaping is an epidemic among youth. Of course we don’t want kids vaping, but the ones who do it regularly amount to 1.5% at best.

    Let’s also be clear that vaping is not tobacco. Lawyers and bureaucrats have labeled it such so they can regulate and tax it, but there is no tobacco. Calling vapor products tobacco is like calling Mountain Dew a coffee product just because it has caffeine.

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