Vaping on the rise in teens

By Eileen Weber
January 7th, 2023
Sherin Panacherry, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the section of Respiratory, Allergy-Immunology and Sleep Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.
Sherin Panacherry, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics in the section of Respiratory, Allergy-Immunology and Sleep Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.

Was it really a coping mechanism during the pandemic?

How do you get kids addicted to what you’re selling? Make it taste like fruit or candy. That’s according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration.

Their findings were unsettling. More than 2.5 million adolescents in middle and high school are current e-cigarette users with 85 percent favoring use of disposable flavored brands like Puff Bar, Vuse, Hyde, and SMOK.

Vaping brands such as these peaked in 2019 and then saw a dip during the pandemic. More recently, vaping frequency among teens is creeping back up to pre-pandemic levels despite government crackdowns.

Those government crackdowns mainly centered o...

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