"If you are an adult using e-cigarettes, or vaping, products, to quit smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes".
The minimum age for purchasing tobacco and electronic cigarette products will be raised from 18 to 21 beginning November 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said on Monday as state lawmakers in New York City hold a hearing on the growing health concerns surrounding vaping. Newer generation devices deliver more concentrated vapor for longer periods - meaning that earlier research may have underestimated the impact.
According to Department of Health data, almost 40 percent of 12th grade students and 27 percent of high school students in New York State are now using e-cigarettes, and the increase is largely driven by flavored e-liquids. Those age increases have been imposed in an effort to cut into teen vaping.
Vail voters Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a new tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. However, this year's survey noted an all-time low in tobacco smoking among high school students coinciding with the increase in vaping among that demographic. "Great caution and hesitation should remain concerning e-cigarette use until its health risk profile is better established".
As the popularity of e-cigarettes remains in high schools and middle schools in the United States, there will no doubt be a continued effort to eradicate its negative effects and prioritise student health.
In all grades, fruit flavoring was ranked third, followed by "other".
China produces an overwhelming majority of the e-cigarettes sold on the global market, though only a tiny fraction are purchased by domestic buyers. They are now banned by over 20 countries, while Juul Labs Inc., the largest US e-cigarette company, has been probed for marketing to teenagers. Of those, mint was by far the most popular. According to the data, mint and mango were ranked first and second, respectively, among 10th and 12th graders, while mango was the most popular among 8th graders, followed by mint.
Juul representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new research.
The study did not examine flavors other manufacturers produce, which can range from cinnamon toast to cotton candy.
The Health Department says the smoking rate in NY high school students dropped from 27 percent in 2000 to 4.3 percent in 2016.
Similarly, prior to adjusting for shared risk factors, relative to those who did not now use e-cigarettes, respondents were 22 times more likely ever to have smoked conventional cigarette and 16 times more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes now.
And on the education front, it was recently reported that three U.S. school districts filed suit against Juul, the e-cigarette manufacturer, "Accusing it of endangering students and forcing educators to divert time and money to fight an epidemic of nicotine addiction", notes The New York Times.