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E-cigarette use 'skyrocketing' among young Americans: Official

AFP  |  Washington 

The number of young Americans using grew by 1.5 million in 2018, undermining years of progress in reducing youth smoking, health authorities said Monday.

Some 3.6 million middle and high school students were current users of vaping products, up from 2.1 million the year before, while the number of smokers and consumption of other products remained stable, according to the report by the (CDC).

A current user is defined as a person who has used a product in the past 30 days.

"The skyrocketing growth of young people's e-use over the past year threatens to erase progress made in reducing youth use," said CDC "It's putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction."

Authorities have tightened regulations, with Juul in particular coming under particular scrutiny.

"All policy options are on the table," warned Mitch Zeller, of the Center for Products at the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates vaping and in November restricted the sale of certain flavors such as fruit and chewing-gum.

Vaping began to take off among young Americans in the 2010s, and overtook in 2014.

While the number of middle and high school cigarette smokers has been falling steadily since 2011, the number of vapers in that group has increased dramatically, from 1.5 per cent then to 20.8 in 2018.

The survey estimates 4.9 per cent of college students vape.

The US categorizes as tobacco products, a definition not shared by all countries.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 00:55 IST