A steep increase in nicotine accumulation over the past year, along with extensive minimization of its potential damage, dominated the results of a carefully-watched annual survey of American teens released Monday.
The wage increase was so widespread, researchers said it was the biggest annual jump in the use of any substance, including marijuana as they had seen in the 44-year history of the project.
Overall, researchers found that the increase was 1.3 million more high schools in 2018 than in 2017.
“Vaping is to reverse hardening downs in the number of young people using nicotine,” said Richard Miech, the lead author of the study and a sociologist at University of Michigan, in a statement. “These results indicate that vaping leads young people to nicotine and nicotine addiction, not away from it.”
The proportion of seniors who said they had vapit in the past 30 days – an indication of more frequent use – about double, rises to 21 percent in 2018 from 11 percent in 2017.
In addition to vaping, the study had encouraging news about teenage use by most other drugs.
Tobacco cigarettes continued to remain at historical low levels, with only 3.6 percent of high school students reporting that they smoke daily, compared to 22 percent two decades ago.
Marijuana levels were stable, with 5.8 percent of seniors reporting daily use, a level that has remained pretty much the same for the past 20 years. The study showed teens began to move from opioids and alcohol.
However, vaping, overweight with nicotine but also marijuana, appeared in the report as a constant problem. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and the most popular brand among teens, Juul, has particularly high levels. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that can interfere with brain development of adolescents. And researchers have begun to express concern about the possible long-term effect on the particles and chemical airways in a vapors aerosol.
However, 25.7 percent of seniors who waved insisted that they inhale “just flavors”, suggesting that they can not know that many brands use flavored nicotine fluids and salts. More than two-thirds of sophomores said that both the units and liquids, which are obviously forbidden to be sold to minors, are either “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get.
“If we want to prevent young people from using drugs, including nicotine, vaping will give particular attention to policy, education and prevention programs in the coming years,” said Dr. Miech.
This latest survey is correct in line with the results released last month by the Disease Control and Prevention Centers, which said that [3.6459010] 3.6 million middle and high school students armed in 2018.
“Not only are teenage users of popular weaponry devices like Juul again glamorizing a smoking-like behavior as years of prevention campaigns had effectively stigmatized, they could pave the way for a transition to conventional cigarettes as well as other subjects, “wrote Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a blog post.