In Switzerland, a new national survey reveals that 51% of boys and 35% of girls aged 15 years have already used at least one e-cigarette. according to Addiction Switzerland, the phenomenon is "disturbing".
In 2018, 715 school classes from all over Switzerland participated in the study, funded by the Federal Office of Public Health and a majority of cantons. Concretely, this represents 11'121 pupils aged between 11 and 15 years. Only the responses of teens 15 years have been presented in the article. The survey is part of a larger study (Health Behavior in School-aged Children), conducted in 46 country.
The report, which for the first time took into account other nicotine products, however reveals a trend described as "worrying" by Addiction Switzerland. In the 15 age group, half of the boys (51%) and about one third of the girls (35%) have ever used an electronic cigarette at least once.
The share of consumers is thus higher than for the traditional cigarette. The reasons most often cited by teens are "out of curiosity, to try something new", Then, in second position,"just because I like itA news release said Thursday.
For Addiction Switzerland, the evolution at the level of the electronic cigarette is worrying. The private foundation recalls that nicotine is a highly addictive substance, "so that people who consume products containing it have a hard time getting rid of it". And add, "Young people are at particular risk because nicotine can impede brain development: children and adolescents should not smoke or smoke.»
Gregory Vittoz, director of Addiction Switzerland, warns: "Vaping must not become a normal mode of consumption for young people.According to him, the challenge is significant because there is currently no binding age limit for the delivery of these products, nor advertising restrictions.
The new law on tobacco products will introduce at least one change in the age limit (18 years).
source : 20min.ch/