Teen e-cigarette use spikes

Teen e-cigarette use spikes

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Tuesday issued a rare advisory calling for aggressive steps against e-cigarette use among teens, which he said has become an "epidemic". "It can impact learning, attention, and memory, and it can prime the youth brain for addiction".

The percentage of U.S. high school senior students using e-cigarettes almost doubled from 2017, according to a new survey released Monday by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The surgeon general's advisory called on parents and teachers to educate themselves about the variety of e-cigarettes and to talk with children about their dangers.

One study even showed that more than 35 percent of children reported going to the hospital after consuming liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. Adams has sent out a public warning about the risks of vaping.

The same can be said of Adams' fearmongering about the dangers that e-cigarettes pose to vapers.

Numerous devices used to consume e-cigarette products attract teens because they're easy to hide.

Reported use of e-cigarettes specifically in the last 30 days almost doubled among 10th and 12th graders, from 11 percent in 2017 to 20.9 percent in 2018, the survey said.

"E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless", he said, noting that "nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain - which continues to develop until about age 25".

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One such device made by the company JUUL saw a 600 percent surge in sales in recent years, according to Adams.

Teen may not realize that e-cigarettes deliver nicotine, sometimes an extremely hefty dose. "We need to protect our young people from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes". They have been pitched to adult smokers as a less-harmful alternative to cigarettes, though there's been little research on the long-term health effects or on whether they help people quit.

The survey also found a significant jump in the perceived availability of e-cigarettes. A single Juul cartridge contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 tobacco cigarettes.

"We do know that these newer products, such as Juul, can promote dependence in just a few uses", Adams said.

Last month, San Francisco-based Juul shut down its Facebook and Instagram accounts and halted in-store sales of its flavored pods.

In a statement the company said: "We are committed to preventing youth access to Juul products".

Experts attributed the increase to newer versions of e-cigarettes which look like computer flash drives and can be used discreetly, according to the Associated Press (AP).

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