ATLANTA, GA — An astounding 25 percent of students in American high schools and one out of every ten junior high students have used a vaping product at least once in 30 days, according to Safety and Health Magazine. The figures are staggering. Meanwhile, cigarette use among teens has dropped to just under six percent for high school students and only over two percent for middle school-aged children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stopped in and opined that e-cigarette use among teens places them at higher risk of becoming additives to nicotine. An addiction to vaping products could also lead to severe health problems, including death, among teenaged users.
The previous commissioner of the FDA summarized the problem succinctly. He called e-cigarette use among teens in this country an epidemic. The statistics back up that assertion. About 5.3 million teens and older youths use e-cigarettes every day in 2019. The amount of teens vaping increased by 1.4 million in one year. The FDA considers teens’ vaping habits as a loss in their battle to stop children from getting hooked on nicotine. The FDA, with the Centers for Disease Control, have fought hard over the last 20 years or so to reduce cigarette use among children and teens to zero. Vaping has unraveled the agencies’ progress.
The FDA indicates that teens who ingest nicotine products face a greater chance of encountering a reduction in brain development. Also, the FDA suggests that children who were exposed to e-cigarettes and vaping products are at an elevated risk of becoming tobacco smokers. Additional risks and dangers accompany vaping.
The American Lung Association president cautioned e-cigarette users to quit. The current president of the American Lung Association said that the chemicals found in vaping products might cause irreversible and permanent lung damage and disease. Furthermore, the president cautioned that children’s lungs, because they are not fully grown, are particularly vulnerable to disease and damage from vaping.
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