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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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