According to Tuesday's release,2019 National Survey of Adolescent Tobacco in the United StatesIn the past 30 days, a quarter of American high school students and a tenth of junior high school students have tried electronic cigarettes.The findings come as state and federal governments are calling for stricter regulations to stop more and more young people using e-cigarettes. However, the current efforts may be due to the continued failure to allow easy access to peppermint and menthol e-cigarettes.
Another study, published Tuesday in the same magazine, found that Juul mint e-cigarettes were the most popular flavors among eighth to 12th graders.
According to figures published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 4.1 million high school students in the United States now use electronic cigarettes, an increase of 500000 over the previous year. This is a huge leap from five years ago, when only 4.5% of high school students reported using electronic cigarettes. Since 2014, electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional cigarettes and become the most popular tobacco products among American high school students. Students also smoke more often. More than two-thirds of e-cigarette users said they had used e-cigarettes for at least 20 days in the past 30 days. Last year it was close to a quarter. However, because the changes in the questionnaire reflect the changing brands in the market, it is more difficult to compare this year's figures with those of previous years, the study authors point out. This is the first year of the survey to be conducted electronically, rather than in the traditional way, so the results are tricky compared to other years.
The popularity of peppermint flavored e-cigarettes may affect the way the federal government regulates the taste of e-cigarettes. In the past, its efforts to curb the use of electronic cigarettes by young people were mainly to ban sweet electronic cigarettes, while allowing electronic cigarettes such as peppermint and menthol flavor to remain on the shelves. These flavors, as well as tobacco flavors, are thought to be more attractive to older users.
The 2019 national adolescent tobacco survey of the United States includes 19000 students; conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess tobacco use across the United States and assess the effectiveness of prevention programs After last year's investigation, the FDA said it would take steps to prevent suppliers from selling sweet electronic cigarettes unless they shut out minors. But these restrictions do not apply to tobacco, peppermint and menthol flavors. At the time, Scott Gottlieb, then FDA director, said he was still worried about peppermint e-cigarettes, writing: "if the evidence shows that children's use of peppermint or menthol e-cigarettes has not decreased, I will revisit this aspect of current compliance policy."
The University of Southern California's taste e-cigarette study included 14000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students using Juul products. High school students take Mint as their preferred taste, while middle school students rank it after mango. According to the survey, one in ten junior high school students will use electronic cigarettes.
In September, President trump called on the FDA to ban all non-traditional tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes on the market. "It's not just a whole issue, it's especially about respect for children," he told reporters at the White House In early September, Michigan became the first state in the United States to ban taste electronic cigarettes.
The electronic cigarette industry in the United States is currently experiencing a difficult period. Juul, an industry giant, stopped advertising in September and its chief executive resigned. Last month, a former executive accused the company of selling contaminated e-cigarettes. As the FDA and CDC continue to investigate a series of mysterious lung injuries related to e-cigarettes (which have resulted in 37 deaths), the public is increasingly reviewing e-cigarettes.