Vaping Boom Among Teens, While Drug Use Is Down

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There is a new trend among teens, namely, vaping. According to a new survey, the number of high school students that use nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes almost doubled in 2018 in comparison with 2017. The vaping boom the most significant single-year increase since the mid-1970s surge in marijuana smoking, as reported by The Associated Press.

The survey, issued today, came to similar results to the government survey conducted earlier this year. That previous study also revealed that more and more are vaping e-cigs. Accordingly, back then, the government prompted the FDA and other authorities to come up with measures to tackle this so-called vaping boom among teens.

A junior at South Charleston High School in West Virginia, Trina Hale, said that vaping, Juul, in particular, is a common habit among the teens in her high school. “They can put it in their sleeve or their pocket. They can do it wherever, whenever. They can do it in class if they’re sneaky about it,” she added.

Vaping Boom Among Teens, While Drug Use Is Down

University of Michigan researchers carried out this new, governmental-sponsored survey to reveal that by 100 percent more teens are vaping in comparison to 2017. The same study is conducted annually since 1975 when the researchers showed the most significant surge in marijuana consumption among young people.

However, nowadays, marijuana use, along with other drugs consumption, has fallen to the third place, surpassed by vaping and alcohol. Also, the use of LSD, ecstasy, heroin, opioids, and tobacco is declining lately. But that’s not quite as beneficial as it seems since the teens are replacing drug use with vaping and alcohol.

Even though the US and Canada, as well, are in the middle of the most significant opioid crisis, characterized by a high number of overdoses, the scientists don’t know the reasons why this is happening. What they know for sure is that the vaping boom among teens is on the rise.

Vadim Ioan Caraiman

With over seven years of experience in online journalism, Vadim is passionate about everything related to science and the environment. For us, he will thus cover climate, environment, and science news, among others.


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