Heated tobacco device poses same danger to lungs as cigarettes, vaping

Ben Davidson
February 14, 2019

"It's putting a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction", CDC Director Robert Redfield said in a statement. Also, about 28 percent of high school e-cigarette users said they vaped 20 or more days in the previous month - almost a 40 percent jump from the previous year.

According to a new infographic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes go by various names, including "e-cigs", "e-hookahs", "mods", "vape pens", "vapes", "tank systems" and "electronic nicotine delivery systems".

Last year, around 4.9 million middle and high school students were current users of tobacco products, up by more than a million users from the previous year.

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among US kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. "Indeed, if anything, the evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes could increase the number of kids who smoke cigarettes".

A new study that directly compares new heated tobacco devices with vaping and traditional cigarettes shows that all three are toxic to human lung cells.

E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among all racial/ethnic groups in 2018, except African American high school students who more often reported using cigars.

With the sharp uptick in e-cigarette use, the CDC is likely to find the trend of increased use among youth will not end in 2018.

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Dr. Aravind Ganesh, right, speaks while Dr. Eddy Lang listens as University students and physicians with the group SAAVE (Stop Addicting Adolescents to Vaping and E-Cigarettes) hold a press conference at the Parkdale Community Centre on Tuesday February 12, 2019.

E-cigarette use increased to almost 21 percent among high schoolers and 5 percent among middle schoolers in 2018, up from about 12 percent and 3 percent in 2017, respectively. Some had linked e-cigarettes to an unusually large drop in teen smoking a few years ago, and they say it's not clear to what extent the decline in smoking has stalled or to what degree vaping is to blame. He also noted that federal law prohibits states from regulating tobacco product transport by truck, which could conflict with the proposal, as drafted.

The agency specifically cited the e-cigarette JUUL in its report, noting that the increase in youth vaping mirrored increased sales of JUUL.

The FDA shares the CDC's concerns about the alarming surge in e-cigarette use among teens.

Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a nicotine liquid that users inhale, and have been gaining popularity in the United States and overseas.

The FDA has proposed to allow flavored e-cigarette products to be sold in stores only, not online. The new analysis of 2018 data from National Youth Tobacco Surveys was published Monday by the CDC in a Vital Signs report. The figure dropped to 21.7% of Hispanics and was down to 18.4% of non-Hispanic other race.

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