The epidemic has brought an unexpected benefit: When teenagers were confined to their homes more frequently, their use of electronic cigarettes fell by more than 40 percent, a study shows.
U.S. health officials said that these figures should be considered with a grain of salt, however, the decline in vaping through 2021 could be real and makes sense given that teenagers typically smoke in social settings an expert told The Associated Press.
“They found a dramatic drop from last year, and it’s hard to imagine that doesn’t represent a real decrease in use among high school and middle school students,” Dr. Nancy Rigotti of Harvard University who was not part of the study, told AP.
The study revealed that 11 percent of high school pupils and less than 3percent of students in middle schools claimed they have recently tried electronic cigarettes or other vaping devices.
The previous year, more than 20 percent of high schoolers and more than 5% of middle schoolers had tried electronic cigarettes according to the AP stated.
Before the outbreak, teenage vaping was already in the decline, as federal laws made it easier to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco items from the age of 18 up to 21 The AP stated. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also banned most flavors of electronic cigarettes cartridges that drove the rise of vaping among teenagers.
Teens may also have responded to the emergence of deaths and illnesses linked to vaping from liquids used for vaping that contained THC which is the active chemical that is found in marijuana and The APnoted.
Further studies are required to confirm the results, Rigotti said. As teens return to school, the usage of electronic cigarettes may increase.
But, “I’m sure schools are working hard to ensure that doesn’t happen,” she said.
Officials from the government estimate that around 2.25 million U.S. teens are vaping the drug, which they believe is not enough.
“E-cigarette use among youth remains a serious public health concern,” CDC specialist Dr. Karen Hacker said in an FDA press release about the study. “It’s critical we continue working together to protect young people from the risks associated with tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes.”
The FDA is currently considering a new set of restrictions on vaping. The agency is planning to determine what brands and products will remain on the market, and those that must be taken off according to the news agency AP said.
The agency has not decided on the main manufacturers which make up the majority part of the marketplace, like Juul and Vuse However, others are set to replace them as the most popular among teens as the report from the government said.
The most popular brand for students at high schools is a disposable e-cigarette named Puff Bar available with flavors such as strawberry, pink lemonade, and mango. The e-cigarettes that are disposable and flavored with fruit aren’t as strictly controlled as Juul that is available only in tobacco and menthol. In the case of students, just 6 percent often use Juul according to The AP found.