Summary: A new report by the CDC reveals that about 11% of young adults in the U.S. are now actively using electronic cigarettes. The report adds to growing concerns about the harms of vaping, with the American Heart Association issuing a warning about the health risks associated with e-cigarette use.
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CDC Report: Over 1 in 10 Young U.S. Adults Regularly Vape
According to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 11% of young adults in the United States are now actively vaping. The CDC report, from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, adds to growing concerns about the possible health risks of vaping.
The report reveals that overall, about 1 in 20 adults are e-cigarette users, with young adults (aged 18 to 24) vaping most frequently. The bulk of consumers are young people who have never smoked cigarettes. The report also finds that use of e-cigarettes declines with increases in family income.
E-cigarette sales are booming in the United States. The CDC previously reported that 22.7 million products were sold each month by 2022. New brands emerged, and younger consumers were snapping up popular fruit and candy flavors. However, middle-age and older Americans are less likely to use e-cigarettes, with about 11% of people over 45 smoking cigarettes rather than e-cigarettes. Those under 44 were more likely to use both.
The American Heart Association (AHA) this week issued a statement warning about the health harms caused by using e-cigarettes, noting dangerous ingredients include addictive nicotine and flavoring agents. These substances have the potential for risk of heart and lung disease, according to the AHA. Some studies have found links to asthma, emphysema, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
The AHA does not recommend using e-cigarettes as a quit-smoking tool. No international regulatory agency, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has approved e-cigarettes for that use. However, e-cigarettes may be less harmful than combustible cigarettes and could be used as a last quit-smoking resort after nicotine replacement therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.[Source: Medical Xpress]
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