Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Teens Are Vaping in Record Numbers

NIDA for Teens: Advancing Addiction Science

Record Increase in Teen Vaping, According to Latest Data from Monitoring the Future Survey

According to the latest Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF), teens reported a dramatic increase in using vaping devices in just a single year. Among high school seniors, 37.3 percent reported using a vaping device in the past year, compared to 27.8 percent in 2017. This is a record increase in vaping. It translates to 1.3 million additional teens who vaped in 2018 compared to 2017.

NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D. stated, “Teens are clearly attracted to the marketable technology and flavorings seen in vaping devices. However, it is urgent that teens understand the possible effects of vaping on overall health, the development of the teen brain, and the potential for addiction.”

Decreases in Teen Tobacco, Alcohol, and Opioid Use

While the news on vaping is alarming, teens’ use of some other substances is decreasing.
  • Regular tobacco use is at its lowest point since the survey began measuring it, with only 3.6 percent of high school seniors smoking daily, compared to 22.4 percent 2 decades ago. However, experts do worry that smoking rates could rise if teens are introduced to nicotine through vaping.
  • Alcohol use is also down. In 2018, 17.5 percent of high school seniors said they have been drunk in the past 30 days; this is down significantly from 5 years ago, when it was reported at 26 percent.
  • Only 1.7 percent of high school seniors report misuse of Vicodin in the past year, compared to a peak of 10.5 percent 15 years ago.
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1 comment:

  1. According to the latest survey it has been observed that the teens are more addicted to the vaping as it is quite obvious that the at age coming up to the teens as they thinks that they are growing old so they can do anything as it is mostly found in the metropolitan cities the teenagers are more addicted to the vape so they adopt new things which includes smoking, vaping, alcohol and get addicted to these techniques.