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.