Vaping down among youth nationally, up in Tri-Cities – Prescott Daily Courier

The use of electronic cigarettes has declined nationally among youth for the first time since the federal government started tracking it in 2011.

According to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of middle and high school students in the United States using e-cigarettes fell from 3 million in 2015 to 2.2 million in 2016.

The use of e-cigarettes — also referred to as vaping — has become a significant concern among health specialists in recent years as the practice has drastically increased in popularity. Some e-cigarettes liquids contain only flavored chemicals, but many contain varying levels of nicotine.

Though believed to be less dangerous than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, debate is ongoing as to the long-term effects of consistently inhaling the substances put out by e-cigarette companies, which only just began being regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a year ago.

Yavapai County

While there has been a decrease in the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers nationally, it is difficult to determine whether that 27 percent decline has reached the likes of Yavapai County.

Every two years, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) publishes an Arizona Youth Survey (AYS). Based on the Communities that Care survey, AYS looks at the prevalence and frequency of problematic youth behaviors, as well as risk and protective factors. As of 2016, ACJC made changes in analytical methods, so the organization warns on its website not to compare results from previous years to its 2016 results.

What the 2016 survey does accurately depict is the percentage of use for various substances among youth in each of Yavapai County’s municipalities.

In Prescott, for instance, the e-cigarette use among youth was found to be 14.2 percent. In Prescott Valley, that percentage is slightly lower at 14 percent. Dewey Humboldt

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