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article imageE-cigarette use in young adults increases significantly in U.S.

By Tim Sandle     Sep 17, 2019 in Health
A new study shows that hundreds of thousands of non-smoking young adults have taken up vaping, based on data compiled between 2017 and 2018. Overwhelmingly, the young adults prefer the sweet flavors not found in regular cigarettes.
The headline from the research study is that e-cigarette use has jumped by 46.2 percent among young adults in one year. The inference from the USC study is that vaping industry is making inroads among 18- to 24-year-olds, in a similar way to the way it has among teenagers.
E-cigarettes have been a controversial product since they were launched, as Digital Journal has reported. Some see vaping devices as an effective means to draw people away from traditional cigarettes and reduce some ill-health associated diseases (such as lung cancer). Others, like the World Health Organization take the view that the chemicals in e-cigarettes and the unknown, with potential adverse effects on the lungs.
Plus many health promotion campaigners raise the issue that many people are taking up e-cigarettes although they have not smoked traditional tobacco products before. There is a trend within the sector where companies that have traditionally produced cigarettes to diversify into producing e-cigarettes, keeping the nicotine fix.
Commenting on the new research, Adam Leventhal, professor of preventive medicine and psychology said: "We know that sales of ‘pod-mod’ style e-cigarette products, such as JUUL, with high nicotine concentrations and fruit and minty flavors, are climbing. Young adults overwhelmingly prefer e-cigarette flavors not present in regular cigarettes." The researcher is concerned with vaping-related lung injuries and deaths related to adolescents and young adults.
The data was drawn from 115,556 people, including 13,452 young adults aged 18-24 The findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association ("Prevalence of e-Cigarette Use Among Adults in the United States, 2014-2018").
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