No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

The liquid used in e-cigarettes comes in fruit and candy flavors like cherry and peppermint

Tobacco use is the world's leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing an estimated 6 million people each year, researchers note in the youth tobacco report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's the first drop since the CDC started keeping track of e-cigarettes in 2011.

Despite the decline, e-cigarettes remained the most commonly consumed tobacco product among youth for the third year in a row, used by 11.3% of high schoolers and 4.3% of middle schoolers. Both those numbers are the lowest on record, the agency said. Some studies, most notably the Royal College of Physicians, have determined that e-cigs may be 95 percent less harmful than traditional cigarettes. "This is a change of a cosmic nature that has the potential to dramatically impact lung cancer, heart disease, asthma and other problems".

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) - For the first time since the US government began tracking e-cigarette use among American youth, a new report shows fewer teens are vaping. The industry now has added incentive to continue to adapt their products and tactics especially among their "best customers" in effort to find the more than 1,300 replacement smokers to fill the gap left by those who will die each day from tobacco-use.

Reynolds spokeswoman Jane Seccombe said the recent decline in youth use of all types of tobacco products "is really good news".

A significant decline was also recorded among high school users of hookah, combustible tobacco products, and two or more tobacco products from 2015 to 2016.

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Current e-cigarette users were nearly 18 times more likely than people who never tried the devices to think the secondhand vapors caused no harm to children, and former e-cigarette users were more than seven times more likely to have this opinion, according to the results published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Use of other tobacco products has decreased as well. "And the U.S. Surgeon General has also concluded that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless and may contain other harmful ingredients including heavy metals, ultrafine particulates, and volatile organic compounds". "The goal is to reduce all forms of tobacco products", he said. If he delays or weakens the rules over e-cigarettes he threatens the progress we are making with kids. However, with rapid and continuous innovation in electronic nicotine products taking place, the results underscore the urgency for full implementation of FDA regulation of e-cigarettes to maintain this momentum in preventing all use of nicotine products by young people.

"The good news is we've seen a decline in youth tobacco use during the past year, which was primarily driven by a decline in e-cigarette use", said Brian King, PhD, of the CDC Office of Smoking and Health. "We know that e-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can also harm the developing adolescent brain".

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has indicated support for the role that e-cigs and other innovative nicotine and tobacco products can have in reducing overall traditional cigarette use.

"Smoking has been shown to harm almost every organ of the body, and science shows that most adult smokers first start smoking during adolescence", said lead study author Rene Arrazola of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC. These include the Food and Drug Administration's well-known education campaign The Real Cost, which includes television commercials showing the toll that smoking can take on people. CDC's "Tips from Former Smokers", aimed more at adults, also highlights the dangers of tobacco.

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