Unsurprisingly the arrival of Joe Biden in the American presidency will not do the business of vaping. A recent survey of 35 American teenagers shows that 000% of high school students and 19,6% of middle school students vape regularly. A result which today more than ever makes vaping a real public health issue.
This is demonstrated by the new National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it highlights the challenges that e-cigarettes constitute in terms of public health.
The NYTS is a cross-sectional electronic survey conducted in school settings at the county, school and classroom levels to generate a nationally representative sample of middle school (Grades 6 to 8) and high school ( Grades 9 to 12) from the United States. The data was collected in two stages: first between February and May 2019 from 19 respondents, then between January and March 018 from 2020 respondents.
Figures show that 19,6% of high school students (3,02 million) and 4,7% of middle school students (550) had used an e-cigarette in the past 000 days in 30, 2020 million less than 'in 1,8.
If young people vaped less than in 2019, the survey reveals the rise of new devices with pre-filled pods or cartridges and having high levels of nicotine, such as Juul. 3% of college students tested these electronic pod cigarettes in 2019, and 15,2% in 2020.
This figure is also on the rise among high school students: 2,4% declared disposable e-cigarettes in 2019, against 26,4% in 2020, which corresponds to 790 students. Pre-filled pods or cartridges also remained the type of device most used in 000: 2020 middle school students and 220 million high school students tested them.
For researchers, the strong growth in the use of disposable devices among young Americans must be at the heart of new public health campaigns warning against vaping. They notably cite the example of the Food and Drug Administration, which prioritized law enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored cartridge e-cigarettes in January 2020.