1 in 9 high school seniors vape nicotine almost daily, survey says

September 20, 2019 | The Washington Post

More than 1 in 9 high school seniors report vaping nicotine on a near-daily basis, according to an annual government-funded survey that found a continued rise in teen use of e-cigarettes amid growing concern that products marketed as a more healthful alternative for tobacco smokers are getting young people hooked.

The share of teens who said they vaped nicotine in the preceding 30 days more than doubled for each age group surveyed, preliminary data published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine shows. About a quarter of 12th-graders said they had vaped the substance within the previous month, up from closer to 1 in 5 the previous year. Roughly 20 percent of 10th-graders and 9 percent of eighth-graders reported vaping during the same period.

The data could help to strengthen a growing crackdown on e-cigarettes on the heels of bans on sales of flavored vaping products in New York and Michigan. Last week, the Trump administration said it, too, plans to outlaw sales of the flavored liquids that have come under criticism as enticing to teens.

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