A study by the US government found that vaping rates among young students have fallen sharply this year. The decline comes after last year’s sudden rise in vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
The national research, published this week, found that just under 20 percent of high school students said they had recently been users of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Only 5 percent of high school students say they have used them recently.
This marks a large decline compared to a similar survey in 2019. An earlier survey found that almost 28% of high school students and 11% of high school students had recently disappeared.
The 2020 study was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
About 20,000 American students took part in the study from mid-January to mid-March. They were asked about the use of vaping or tobacco products in the last month.
While in recent years the number of students who smoke cigarettes has reached all-time records, the use of vaping products has exploded. Officials say the increase in fumes is linked to popular e-cigarettes, such as those made by Juul Labs in San Francisco.
Earlier this year, the FDA banned certain flavors of vape devices used primarily by minors. And now federal law prohibits the sale of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes to people under the age of 21.
Public health experts are wondering if last year’s rise in vaping-related illnesses may have led some students to give up vaping. Most cases occurred in August and September. By the end of the year, more than 2,600 diseases and nearly 60 deaths had been reported.
Most of those who fell ill said they had evaporated mixtures containing THC. This is the substance in marijuana that it produces highly. Eventually, health officials focused their investigation on these THC products and on a chemical called vitamin E acetate that was added to some liquid fluids for THC.
Matt Myers of the Tobacco Free Campaign said in a statement that the study showed a “significant drop” in teenage money. But he criticized the Trump administration for failing to keep its promise to ban all flavored e-cigarettes. The policy does not cover available e-cigarettes, which saw a big increase in this year’s survey.
“As long as scented e-cigarettes remain on the market, children will catch them and we will not solve this crisis,” Myers said.
I’m Brian Lynn.
The Associated Press reported the story. Hai Do adapts the story of learning English. Brian Lynn was an editor.
Words in this story
vape – v. for inhaling or exhaling vapors produced from electronic cigarettes or similar devices
research – n. an activity in which many people are asked questions in others in order to gather information about what most people do or think
available – adj. made to be used only once or only a few times