A very recent study now comes in to show that more & more teenagers who smoke are using nicotine, marijuana & other mind-altering substances than just flavouring substances. Teenagers are vaping more addictive & psychedelic substances, the study reveals. And, it is shown that as much as 75% of the teens are into addictive substances than just flavouring.
Study researcher Hongying Dai at the University of Nebraska in the US said that youth were more attracted towards vaping nicotine & marijuana & not flavouring. Also, the intensity of cigarette smoking was associated with a high proportion of students vaping nicotine only.
The study which was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine assessed patterns of teens in the past 30 days vaping nicotine, marijuana & other flavouring substances based on data analysis from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) cross-sectional study.
A total of 14,560 teens were examined & out of which 12% admitted to vaping in the first 30 days, with 7.4% using nicotine & the other 3.6% using marijuana.
And, out of all the teens examined a majority of 75.1% admitted to vaping nicotine, marijuana & other addictive substances whereas, only 24.9% reported to using only flavours.
According to the study, students from 8th, 10th & 12th grades were assessed & 10th & 12th-grade students reported more vaping nicotine & marijuana & only flavouring during study periods as compared to 8th-grade students.
And, as compared to male students, female students reported less vaping these 3 substances.
Because of the increased popularity of products with pod-based products like JUUL, nicotine salt & many other flavours, e-cigarettes attracted a lot of US teens from 2017 to 2019.
The US Surgeon General had also issued an advisory looking at the increasing trend of its use in 2018.
And, with the increase in the number of chronic lung injuries caused, more restrictions should be levied on flavoured vaping products and e-cigarettesimmediately.
According to study co-investigator Mohammad Siahpush, there has to be continuous scrutiny & monitoring of youth behaviours & new strategies & interventions are needed to lower the use of e-cigarettes by youth.