FDA sees nearly 80% jump in teens using e-cigarettes- New Report Released

2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey show dramatic increase in e-cigarette use among youth over past year

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released new findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) showing that more than 3.6 million middle and high school students were current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2018, a dramatic increase of more than 1.5 million students since last year.

According to the results published in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, youth who use e-cigarettes also are using them more frequently and using flavored products more often than last year. The sharp rise in e-cigarette use has resulted in an increase in overall youth tobacco product use, reversing a decline seen in recent years, and is prompting a series of steps by the FDA to curb youth use trends.

“These new data show that America faces an epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, which threatens to engulf a new generation in nicotine addiction,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “By one measure, the rate of youth e-cigarette use almost doubled in the last year, which confirms the need for FDA’s ongoing policy proposals and enforcement actions. HHS’s work will continue to balance the need to prevent youth use of e-cigarettes with ensuring they are available as an off-ramp for adults who are trying to quit combustible cigarettes.”

As part of the agency’s comprehensive plan on tobacco product and nicotine regulation, the FDA also issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in March to seek public comment on the role that flavors in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, play in attracting youth. Additionally, the agency plans to explore additional restrictions on the sale and promotion of e-cigarettes to further reduce youth exposure and access to these appealing products.

Read the entir FDA Press release on the FDA website here.