US – E-cigarette use among middle and high schoolers dropped significantly since last year, with 1.8 million fewer teens vaping, a federal report released Wednesday shows.
WHY IT MATTERS
The survey, conducted between mid-January and mid-March, highlights the effects of last year’s outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
**In 2019, reports were confirmed of more than 2,600 hospital cases and nearly 60 deaths most likely associated with illicit THC-infused vaping products.
Yes, but: There is still a significant appeal for teens to smoke flavored tobacco products, which are now illegal to purchase in cartridge form.
**Small vaping devices like those from Juul Labs are also still popular.
**Study: 26.5 percent of high schoolers used disposable e-cigarettes in 2020 (up from 2.4 percent in 2019) and 15.2 percent middle schoolers (up from 3 percent in 2019).
BY THE NUMBERS
About 20 percent of high school students and 5 percent of middle school students said they recently used e-cigarettes and other vaping products — a large decrease from last year, when 28 percent of high school students and 11 percent of middle school students said they used those products.
Vaping Rates Dropping Dramatically Among U.S. Teens