Teenage Use of E-Cigarettes: A Global Study

Aug.29.2022
Teenage Use of E-Cigarettes: A Global Study
A study in the science magazine "Addiction" found that 1 in 12 teenagers tried e-cigarettes within 30 days. Policies are needed to prevent youth vaping.

A study published in the scientific journal "Addiction" has revealed that approximately 1 in 12 teenagers have tried an e-cigarette within the past 30 days. The survey demonstrated that 8.6% of adolescents have already used an e-cigarette.


A characteristic of continuous use of e-cigarettes is consuming them for more than 10 days, affecting 1.7 percent of young people, meaning one in every 60 adolescents uses e-cigarettes. It can be concluded that more young people are trying e-cigarettes, but their consumption is not frequent.


A study has analyzed the World Health Organization's survey on youth smoking from 2015 to 2018. The survey gathered data from over 151,000 teenagers aged 13 to 15 from 47 countries.


The global prevalence of electronic cigarette use among young people is low. However, we must implement comprehensive policies such as strict enforcement of age restrictions, taxation, limits on nicotine concentration, and advertising bans to prevent young people from taking up the habit," said Gary CK Chan, the lead author of the study.


A survey presented at the American Thoracic Society's (ATS) 2022 international conference revealed that manufacturers of disposable and rechargeable e-cigarettes use potentially hazardous levels of the synthetic cooling agents WS-3 and WS-23. While WS-3 and WS-23 are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as food additives, they are not intended for inhalation. The study's authors suggest that e-cigarette manufacturers are being irresponsible in their use of these chemicals.


Mint flavored electronic cigarettes are known for their refreshing effect, similar to that of a tea. Thus, manufacturers have invested in synthesizing cooling agents to create a similar sensation in other flavors.


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