Basically, doctors and public health officials have been attempting to convey a similar message regarding the recent rise in teenage vaping: Don’t start.
Well, there are.
Reportedly, vaping is significantly safer than smoking combustible cigarettes, but still, it is not virgin smoke.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse released a new teen vaping study Dec. 17, stating the number of high school students who experimented with vaping continues to swell. Thirty-seven percent of high-school seniors attempted vaping at least once this year, up from over 27 percent last year.
That jump is a primary reason for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb reading research like that and saying it was a “shock” to his “conscience,” msn.com reported.
Gottlieb said in a November statement that vaping has become so popular with teenagers, he fears the numbers will continue to spike over the next few years. He cited research that suggested e-cigarette use in high schools across the U.S. rose 78 percent over the past year and 48 percent in middle schools. Gottlieb even suggested 3.6 million minors are vapers.
“I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes,” Gottlieb said. “We won’t let this pool of kids, a pool of future potential smokers, of future disease and death, to continue to build.”
To somehow cease the vaping momentum, Gottlieb’s top target remains JUUL Labs, which currently is in talks with the Altria Group to sell a minority stake to the maker of Marlboro cigarettes. JUUL, which controls more than 70 percent of the U.S. market, enjoyed a 641-percent increase in sales from 2016 to ‘17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With long-term use still a mystery, doctors and health officials are crusading the fact vaping remains a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, toxins still exist.
Dr. Mark Rubinstein, an adolescent physician and professor at the University of California, San Francisco, served as an author to the new study.
He conveyed a familiar message.
“There’s no reason healthy adolescents should be exposing themselves to even potentially cancer-causing substances,” Rubinstein said.
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