Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Heated tobacco device poses same danger to lungs as cigarettes, vaping

Heated tobacco device poses same danger to lungs as cigarettes, vaping

It asked if they had used any tobacco products in the previous month.

The CDC findings come from a national survey conducted last spring of more than 20,000 middle and high school students. The number of high school students reporting cigarette smoking in the past 30 days has dropped from 15.8 percent in 2011, but has been hovering around 8 percent since 2016.

In recent years, the overall proportion of high school students using any tobacco products fell, mainly due to fewer students smoking cigarettes and cigars, the CDC said.

The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes grew by 1.5 million in 2018, undermining years of progress in reducing youth smoking, health authorities said Monday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration bans the sale of e-cigarettes and tobacco products to those under 18.

In a Monday morning press conference, Brian King, MPH, of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health noted that while cigarette smoking among youth did not increase in 2018, it did not decline and the popularity of e-cigarettes could be impacting youth smoking rates.

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E-cigarette use increased to almost 21 percent among high schoolers and 5 percent among middle schoolers in 2018, up from about 12 percent and 3 percent in 2017, respectively. "Currently, more than 7,000 e-cigarette flavors are available".

With the sharp uptick in e-cigarette use, the CDC is likely to find the trend of increased use among youth will not end in 2018.

"It took us almost five decades to understand the damaging effects of cigarette smoke and we don't yet know the long-term impact of using e-cigarettes", Sharma said.

FDA Center for Tobacco Product director Mitch Zeller, JD, called this one of the most disturbing statistics in the report. "This is a real public health concern and something that we as university students are very concerned about".

"They shouldn't be using these products routinely or even experimenting with them", she said. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, added: "These data are a sobering reminder of the rampant rise of youth e-cigarette use". Both singled out the huge growth in sales of the e-cigarette brand Juul - introduced to the market in 2015 - as a major contributor to rise in youth e-cigarette use.

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Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a nicotine liquid that users inhale, and have been gaining popularity in the United States and overseas.

The findings were published February 11 in the CDC publication Vital Signs.

On Tuesday, February 12, middle and high schoolers who are members of Our Voices Xposed (OVX) and Vermont Kids Against Tobacco (VKAT) - Vermont's youth-led movements to reduce youth smoking and vaping - are scheduled to march to the Vermont Statehouse for a rally against the perils of electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco among their peers.

We do not have a clear idea about the long-term effects of these substances since e-cigarettes have only been in use for 15 years or so.

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