About 1.8 million fewer young Americans have used e-cigarettes compared to last year, although officials have noted an alarming increase in the use of disposables.
About 3.6 million young Americans reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, down from 5.4 million in 2019, according to an analysis of results from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS ) of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NYTS was conducted earlier this year on middle and high school students.
This year, nearly 20% of high school students and nearly 5% of middle school students reported current e-cigarette use, up from nearly 28% and 11% respectively in 2019, according to the CDC.
“While the decline in e-cigarette use among our nation’s youth is a notable public health achievement, our work is far from over,” said Dr Robert Redfield, CDC Director, in a press release. “The use of electronic cigarettes among young people remains an epidemic, and [the] The CDC is committed to supporting efforts to protect young people from this preventable health risk.
According to the CDC, all consumption of tobacco products by young people is not safe, including electronic cigarettes. These products contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance, which the CDC says can interfere with adolescent brain development and increase the risk of future drug addiction.
“After two years of worrying increases in e-cigarette use among young people, we are encouraged by the significant overall decline reported in 2020,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a press release .
While the NYTS survey found that pre-filled cartridges remained the most commonly used type of product, disposable e-cigarette uses increased by 1,000% (2.4% to almost 27%) among high school students and 400% (3% to 15%) among college students since 2019, according to the CDC.
The vast majority (8 out of 10) of young users reported using flavored e-cigarettes, such as fruit, candy, and mint, as well as minty flavors.
“These findings reinforce the importance of continuing to focus on strategies that reduce the consumption of tobacco products among youth while keeping pace with emerging trends in tobacco products,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Director from the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health. Promotion.
A second CDC study assessed e-cigarette sales trends in the United States, and the results would be in line with NYTS data. Prefilled cartridges were still the main type of product sold, and disposable sales fell from 10% in August 2019 to nearly 20% of total sales in May 2020, according to the CDC.
For sales of pre-filled cartridges, mint sales fell from August 2019, while the mint flavor “dominated the market” in May 2020 by almost 62%.
The results of the investigation come in the middle of the FDA’s pre-market review submission deadline for tobacco product applications. The FDA conducts pre-market scientific reviews of new tobacco products as part of its public protection mission.
The FDA also sent warning letters on Wednesday to three companies selling unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products to take them off the market.
Letters have been sent to XL Vape LLC (operating as Stig Inc.), Flavor Warehouse LTD (operating as Vampire Vape) and Pretty Women UK LTD (T / A Coil2oil and Mad Kingdom Liquids).
These companies did not have the necessary pre-market authorization or were illegally marketing unauthorized products.
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