Despite FDA Warnings, Teen Vape Use Doubled in 2018

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 Teens! They just can’t stop vaping. Try and stop them. Seriously, try it. Good luck.

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The AP reports that a federal-funded study conducted by the University of Michigan found that instead of smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, or using cocaine or heroin, twice as many teenagers have indulged in vaping in the last year than the year prior—significant if only because it is the “largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history,” passing marijuana use in the 1970s. That’s a lot of Juuling, my friends.

Out of the 45,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade that were polled, 1 in 5 high school students reported vaping nicotine in the last month. And it was indeed nicotine and not marijuana—only one in 17 high school students admitted to consuming weed daily.

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The Michigan study follows Juul’s decision last month to remove all fruity flavors from retail stores in an attempt to curb the ongoing issue of nicotine addiction among nonsmoking teens. However, all the flavors the Food and Drug Administration believe are responsible for teen nicotine consumption will remain available online, and something tells me we’re all underestimating social media savvy kids’ ability to procure illicit substances on the internet. If anything, this’ll only stop the olds from buying their favorite flavors, right?

The survey also estimates that Juuling and other forms of teen vaping could lead to cigarette use in teens, but that hasn’t happened—probably because young people think smoking cigarettes is wack—and if it does actually happen somehow, the results won’t be seen until next year.

Opinions only sometimes my own. Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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capra hircus

I am about to reveal myself as an old.

You look like an idiot when you vape. I feel like an idiot just typing out the word “vape.” Just don’t use tobacco. You don’t need some silly plug-in device that can allow you to puff out comically large clouds of whatever in the air to prove that you are rebellious with money to burn. It is 2018, read a goddamn book instead.

I worked in an office and they allowed people to vape. One time, the office smelled like cigarettes, and I said “why does it smell like cigarettes in here?” The guy behind me* said, “oh that’s my tobacco flavored vape, sorry.” Yes, dude, you should be goddamn sorry take that shit outside. Whenever I see anyone “vaping” (ew), in my mind I am disturbing the 6 cats on my lap and shaking my fist.

*I am friends with this person, and they are mostly unaware of or indifferent to my disdain for his unfortunate habit. Aside from his penchant for “vaping” (ugh, again, horrible word) and affinity for college football, there is little evidence that he is in fact an idiot.