Youth Vaping a Growing Concern among Physicians

December 15th, 2017

By Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff // Associate Editor

Despite some good news in a recent survey, teenagers’ use of e-cigarettes – or vaping – is serious cause for concern. The popularity of vaping among teens has increased substantially in recent years. Public health officials warn that youth who vape are far more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes and to become addicted.

“While most substance use by middle and high school students is the lowest it’s ever been, an uptick in marijuana use and an increase in the popularity of vaping are growing concerns.

Those are among the results of the 2017 Monitoring the Future study, which surveyed about 45,000 students in grades eight, 10 and 12 attending public and private secondary schools across the country. The study of drug use and attitudes is designed and conducted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).”


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