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Teenage Vaping Rises Sharply Again This Year

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Teenage Vaping Rises Sharply Again This Year


WASHINGTON — The rate of vaping among teenagers continued to rise sharply this year, federal health officials said Wednesday, suggesting that campaigns to curb e-cigarette use among minors are not working.

“It’s not good news at all,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which decided to release the new vaping numbers from an annual survey, conducted by University of Michigan researchers, three months earlier than scheduled. “There has to be a policy that would make it much harder for teenagers to be introduced to vaping.”
Vaping prevalence more than doubled in the grades surveyed, eighth, 10th and 12th, from 2017 through this year.

One in four students in the 12th grade reported that they had vaped within the previous 30 days this year, one in five in the 10th grade; and one in 11 in the 8th grade.

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