Researchers conducting the survey have never seen a drug's popularity explode the way vaping did in the past year.
While tobacco use has been effectively controlled among U.S. teenagers, nicotine vaping has nearly doubled among high school students from 11 per cent in 2017 to 20.9 in 2018 leading a large number back to nicotine use and addiction, a survey has found. Only 1.7 percent of seniors reported misuse of Vicodin in the past year compared with 10 percent 15 years ago.
According to the surgeon general in 2014, nearly two and a half million middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette ads in stores, Internet, TV, movies and magazines.
Nicotine vaping on rise among U.S. teenagers: Survey.
The annual survey, which also measures use of other substances including marijuana, alcohol and opioids, questioned more than 44,000 students from eighth, 10th and 12th grades in US public and private schools.
The adolescent years are times of important brain development.
In fact, it was the biggest one-year spike of any kind in the 44 years the Monitoring the Future survey has been tracking substance abuse by young people. Researchers in the United Kingdom have also found that as more adults smoke e-cigarettes, fewer adults are smoking cigarettes, the Guardian reported.
The new report vindicates their fears.
Vaping involves the use of electronic cigarettes.
Juul, the company that now dominates the market, says its mission is to create "a world where fewer people use cigarettes, and where people who smoke cigarettes have the tools to reduce or eliminate their consumption entirely, should they so desire".
The parents can influence their child's decision about use of e-cigarettes or cigarette smoking. That liquid usually contains nicotine along with a mixture of chemicals and flavorings.
Last month, San Francisco-based Juul shut down its Facebook and Instagram accounts and halted in-store sales of its flavored pods. The liquids come in kid-friendly flavors - from watermelon to the more exotic "unicorn puke" - that release fruity and sweet vapors, making e-cigs easier to disguise than traditional cigarettes. But that's not quite as beneficial as it seems since the teens are replacing drug use with vaping and alcohol.
Compton said more progress is needed, however.
Trina Hale, a junior at South Charleston High School in West Virginia, said vaping - specifically Juul - exploded at her school this year.
The sharp increase in teen vaping was revealed in surveys completed by a nationally representative group of 13,850 students. "The concern is these kids that become addicted to nicotine from vaping also may transition to tobacco smoking".
Alcohol use and binge drinking also continue to decline among teens, according to the survey.
Still, the increase in the past year was striking.
The percent of 12th-graders who said they only vaped flavoring in the past year increased to 25.7 percent in 2018, up from 20.6 percent in 2017.
E-cigarettes and other vaping devices have been sold in the USA since 2007, growing into a $6.6 billion business.
Responding to the rapid increase in vaping among teens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last month that it will take steps to limit or ban access to flavored e-cigarettes.
"While we see declines in cigarette smoking among youth, the increases in vaping may lead to overall rates of tobacco or nicotine use increasing". Vaping of marijuana rose, however.
Vaping jumped dramatically again among high school students between 2017 and 2018.
"These results suggest that vaping is leading youth into nicotine use and nicotine addiction, not away from it", Miech added. That's the largest percentage-point increase ever recorded by the survey for vaping within the last 30 days for that grade. Usage of alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, heroin and opioid pills all declined.