A United States government study found this out vape rates among young students have dropped dramatically this year. The drop comes after last year’s sudden increase in vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
The national team poll, released this week, showed that just under 20% of high school students said they were recent users of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Only 5% of middle school students said they have used them recently.
This marks a sharp decrease from a similar survey in 2019. The previous survey found that nearly 28% of high school students and 11% of middle school students had recently vaped.
The 2020 survey was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
About 20,000 American students took part in the survey from mid-January to mid-March. They have been asked about their use of vaping or tobacco products over the past month.
As the number of students smoking cigarettes has hit an all-time low in recent years, the use of vaping products has exploded. Officials say the rise in vaping has been linked to popular e-cigarettes, such as those made by San Francisco-based Juul Labs.
Earlier this year, the FDA ruled out some flavors from vaping devices used primarily by minors. And federal law now prohibits the sale of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21.
Public health experts have wondered if last year’s sudden increase in vaping-related illnesses may have caused some students to give up vaping. Most of the cases occurred in August and September. More than 2,600 diseases and nearly 60 deaths had been reported by the end of the year.
Most of those who got sick said they vaporized mixtures containing THC. This is the substance in marijuana that produces a high. Health officials eventually focused their investigation on these THC products and a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate, which had been added to some THC vaping liquids.
Matt Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids said in a statement that the survey showed a “significant decline” in teen vaping. But he criticized the Trump administration for failing to deliver on its promise to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. The policy did not cover single use e-cigarettes, which saw a sharp rise in this year’s survey.
“As long as flavored e-cigarettes are left on the market, kids will get their hands on them and we won’t solve this crisis,” Myers said.
I’m Bryan Lynn.
The Associated Press reported this story. Hai Do adapted the story to Learn English. Bryan Lynn was the editor.
Words in this story
vape – v. inhale or exhale vapors produced by electronic cigarettes or similar devices
poll – n. an activity where many people are asked questions in others to gather information about what most people do or think
single use – adj. designed to be used once or only a few times