Publicado: Vie, Noviembre 08, 2019
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Flavors of e-cigarettes used by American youth

Flavors of e-cigarettes used by American youth

Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York's law raising the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products is in effect beginning November 13, 2019.

Teen nicotine vaping has become so prevalent in recent years that the Food and Drug Administration has called it an "epidemic".

To further crack down on retailers selling tobacco and vaping products to underage youth, State Police is partnering with the Department of Health to conduct undercover investigations across the state under The Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act, which enlists underage youth to attempt to buy tobacco and e-cigarette products.

The increase comes despite ongoing efforts to limit e-cigarette use and get to the bottom of more than 1,800 vaping-related lung injuries across the USA, according to the CDC.

Michael R. Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP, has campaigned and given money in support of a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco. To assess possible impacts on the heart and vascular system, Wold and colleagues undertook a systematic review of medical literature, which remains thin due to the newness of e-cigarette use.

High school use in 2018 (27.4%) is 160 percent higher than it was in 2014 (10.5%). Because of vaping's perceived safety in comparison, many smokers have switched to e-cigarettes or a combination of the two. This includes about one in 17 high schoolers nationwide. Those counties' teen vaping rates are among the highest in the state, according to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

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The San Francisco-based Juul, the best-selling vaping brand in the country, stopped selling some flavors a year ago in stores and only sold them online.

In all grades, fruit flavoring was ranked third, followed by "other". The current study concludes that e-cigarette use does not appear to be associated with current, continued smoking. "Rather than giving up when they can't get their particular flavor, they're switching to a flavor that is more available".

Among 8th graders, mango was most popular at 34% followed by mint at 29%, the findings showed.

Juul representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new research.

But US experts are alarmed by the accelerating popularity of vaping by teenagers and reports of deaths linked to e-cigarettes. Studies show almost 78 percent of high school students, and 75 percent of middle school students report being exposed to pro-tobacco marketing in 2016.

And on the education front, it was recently reported that three USA school districts filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, "Accusing it of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction", notes The New York Times.

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