Despite the U.S. Surgeon General’s battle cry last week that warned Americans of the public health disaster that could result from a widespread use of vapor products among the nation’s youth, a new study shows that teens are actually cutting back on their use of electronic cigarettes.
The framework for the study relied on data collected in an annual survey involving thousands of middle school and high school students from across the country who were asked whether they had tried or do continue to use vapor products. Based on the overall response, there’s been a sharp decline in use during 2016 after vaping hit an all time high among teens just last year, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The new Monitoring the Future report from the University of Michigan was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.
This year’s results were based on responses collected from a total of just over 45,000 middle and high school students in grades eight, ten and twelve, with 372 public and private schools selected throughout the continental U.S., The LA Times reports.
In 2016, 26.6% of students said they had tried vapor products at least once in their lives, and 9.9% had used them within 30 days of being surveyed, according to the new Monitoring the Future report. Last year, those figures were 29.9% and 12.8%, respectively.
While some experts see 2016 as being a potential fluke year for e-cigarette use among teens with a real possibility of more widespread use come next year, others believe that a decline in vapor product use among young people will continue in its downward turn.
“The fact that we see this decline in all three grades – eighth, 10th and 12th – signals to us that it’s pretty robust and that it isn’t just a blip,” said Richard Miech, a senior investigator on the Monitoring the Future project.
To read more, click here for The Los Angeles Times piece.