Youth Vaping Has Soared in 2018, New Data Show – WSJ – Wall Street Journal

Nearly a third of 13-to-18-year-olds who responded to a separate survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal with research firm Mercury Analytics said they currently vape. Photo: Steven Senne/Associated Press 53 Comments By Betsy McKay and Betsy McKay The Wall Street Journal Biography Jennifer Maloney Jennifer Maloney The Wall Street Journal Biography Google+ Sept. 20, 2018 6:10 p.m. ET

Teen use of e-cigarettes has soared this year, according to new research conducted in 2018 that suggest fast-changing youth habits will pose a challenge for public-health officials, schools and parents.

The number of high-school students who used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days has risen roughly 75% since last year, according to a person who has seen new preliminary federal data.

That would equate to about three million, or about 20% of high-school students, up from 1.73 million, or 11.7% of high-school students in the most recently published federal numbers from 2017.

Nearly a third of 13-to-18-year-olds who responded to a separate survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal with research firm Mercury Analytics said they currently vape.

The new numbers offer a rare look at evolving teen vaping habits. Sales of e-cigarettes are expected nearly to double this year over 2017, and researchers have wondered how much of that increase is because of teen use. But there can be a long lag time between the collection of data and public reports.

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Prohibition failed before, and will fail again with e-cigarettes – Washington Post

In the Sept. 17 editorial “An e-cigarette crackdown,” The Post called the response by the Food and Drug Administration to an increase in vaping by young people an example of “what responsive, evidence-driven government looks like,” and cited the FDA’s “massive crackdown” on the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers. But the editorial failed to consider two important events in our history: the ratification of the 18th Amendment in 1919 and the War on Drugs which began in 1971.  

The first, prohibiting “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” created a vast illegal trade in liquor and a dangerous criminal class. Prohibition was such a failure that it required the passage of the 21st Amendment in 1933 to end it and return the freedom to choose to drink back to the citizenry. The second sent thousands of people to prison for simply possessing banned substances.  

Would banning e-cigarettes result in them not being available to anyone, young or otherwise? The only solution to the problem of adolescents doing something potentially harmful is education, principally by informed parents. Government prohibitions do not and cannot work, as history has demonstrated.

David Griggs, Columbia

The writer is the Libertarian candidate for the
7th Congressional District in Maryland.

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UMN Expert: E-cigarette use among youth – UMN News

This month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put manufacturers and retailers on alert, saying teen e-cigarette usage has reached “an epidemic proportion.” Today, e-cigarettes are used by two million youth and are the most commonly used tobacco products by youth.

University of Minnesota Assistant Professor Sherri Jean Katz weighs in on youth’s use of e-cigarettes and health messaging surrounding them.

Sherri Jean Katz, Ph.D.
“With traditional cigarettes, the message is clear – don’t smoke. E-cigarettes require a more nuanced message.

“What is really interesting is that we see a very big difference between those who have tried an e-cigarette even once and those who have never tried one. For example, in our study of 658 high school youth in the Twin Cities area, we found that 60 percent of ‘triers’ agree or strongly agree that e-cigarettes are fun to try, while less than five percent of ‘non-triers’ fell into these categories. And, almost half of ‘triers’ expect to use an e-cigarette again soon, while only 1.5 percent of ‘non-triers’ said they probably would use one soon.

“We, at the University of Minnesota, are working on researching health messaging strategies surrounding e-cigarettes. The challenge is to discourage recreational use without discouraging existing adult smokers who may want to fully transition from traditional cigarettes.”

Sherri Jean Katz is an assistant professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Masonic Cancer Center member. Her areas of expertise include health communication, tobacco warning labels, and tobacco and youth.

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Sherri Jean Katz
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917-446-4745 (cell)

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FDA Considers Fast-Tracking Review of E-Cigarettes to Curb Teen Vaping Epidemic – Fortune

As teen vaping rates continue to climb to epidemic levels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to demand action from e-cigarette companies, such as Juul, that sell flavored tobacco pods for e-cigs. Earlier this week, the FDA unveiled a new phase of its educational campaign, “The Real Cost,” devoting $60 million to in-school and online vaping prevention ads. That news came after reports that the FDA would take “historic action” against e-cigarette companies, giving the e-cig makers 60 days to come up with a plan to curb vaping among teens and kids.

On Thursday, the agency announced it would consider taking an additional step toward preventing products from hitting the market that tempt minors. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency is considering fast-tracking the review process on e-cigarette products that would include features to make them less likely to be used by children and teenagers. For example, electronic cigarettes could have a bluetooth feature installed that would shut off the devices near schools.

“I think if someone came to us with a good idea about how a product could be modified to be less appealing to kids or less prone to misuse by children, we’d be very interested in that product, and we’d be very interested in having a discussion around that and how we could put that through an efficient regulatory process,” Gottlieb told CNBC.

As youth access to e-cigs and vape pens has multiplied, it has created another problem in addition to heightened tobacco use. One in 11 teens have vaped marijuana using e-cigarettes, according to a recent study.

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About 4.5 percent of adult Americans use e-cigs, and 15 percent of those never smoked traditional cigarettes, study … – Winston-Salem Journal

Nearly 11 million U.S. adults are considered as current users of electronic cigarettes, representing about 4.5 percent of the adult population, according to a report released recently by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

About 15 percent of those users, or 1.62 million, began smoking e-cigs without first consuming traditional cigarettes — which has been a concern of anti-tobacco advocates.

Current use typically is defined in studies as consuming an e-cig product at least once in a 30-day period.

In 2016, the National Institutes of Health reported there were 7.75 million adult vapers, of which 51.7 percent were current smokers, 34.8 percent were former smokers and 13.5 percent were people who had never smoked.

The report represents another attempt at trying to measure the prevalence of e-cig usage, particularly among adults ages 18 to 24. About 9.2 percent of young adults, or about 2.8 million, were determined to have used an e-cig product.

The rate reflects that about 34 million adult Americans still smoke traditional cigarettes. The rate was 15.8 percent in 2016 and 15.1 percent in 2015.

The Annals of Internal Medicine report determined 51 percent of e-cig consumers are younger than age 35. Usage was more common among men than women, as well as by LGBT individuals and individuals with chronic health conditions.

“These contemporary estimates may inform researchers, health care policymakers and tobacco regulators about demographic and geographic distributions of e-cigarette use,” the report authors said in their conclusion.

Some studies, including one by the Royal College of Physicians, have claimed e-cigs and vaporizers are up to 95 percent less harmful than traditional cigarettes. The Royal College’s study on traditional cigarettes played a key role in the landmark 1964 surgeon general’s determination that

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