We’ve seen some alarming statistics about the use of e-cigs in youngsters, and the state health department issued and advisory that basically showed that this trend is now an epidemic.
All around the globe, the number of high school students that use e-cigs or vaping devices in general has come to 78% from December 2017 til’ November 2018, as a survey showed recently.
Just in Wisconsin, high school students use e-cigs – about 154% from 2014 to 2018, as it was said by the state Department of Health Services.
Why do youngsters use e-cigs?
Students use e-cigs in restrooms or hallways at school in Massachusetts, so a principal confiscated the vaping devices. We know that some of these devices come with candylike flavors, so it’s understandable why youngsters want to try them. And the devices are easy to use, they look like pens, and they don’t need combustion (let’s not even mention the fact that they don’t produce smoke), so there are all the topics to check on the list.
Let’s take a clear example: in Wisconsin, 1 of 5 students use e-cigs and 90% of them said that they don’t want to try tobacco products that don’t come with a tasty flavor. However, the problem is that the e-cigarette aerosol that gets inhaled and exhaled has some harmful substances (such as heavy metals) that get to the user and those around him, and it can be dangerous.
Some use e-cigs to deliver other drugs, for instance marijuana. In the year 2016, a third of U.S. middle and high school students used them for smoking marijuana.
What are the authorities going to do?
The authorities are looking to curb the problem, so the health department wants to update definitions in local smoke-free workplace, and include e-cigs or vaping devices. They also want to make the ads less interesting to youngsters and they are looking for strategies to reduce their access to these products.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.