Did you know??? (Statistics from the American Heart Association)
- 5.3 million youth were current e-cigarette users in 2019 - an increase of over 3 million students since 2017
- Among high school students, e-cigarette use increased by 135 percent from 2017 to 2019, increasing from 11.7% to 27.5%
- Among middle school students, e-cigarette use more than tripled from 2017 to 2019, increasing from 3.3% to 10.5%
- Among those who had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days, 34.2% of high schoolers and 18% of middle schoolers were frequent users of e-cigarettes, using e-cigarettes on at least 20 of the preceding 30 days
- 21.4% of high school e-cigarette users and 8.8% of middle school e-cigarette users were daily users, a strong indication of addiction. This amounts to 1.6 million middle and high school students who were frequent users of e-cigarettes, including nearly 1 million (970,000) daily users.
- From 2017 to 2019, the increase in e-cigarette use drove a 59% increase in use of any tobacco product among high school students (from 19.6% in 2017 to 31.2% in 2018).
According to the Surgeon General, "Adolescent years are times of important brain development. Brain development begins during the growth of the fetus in the womb and continues through childhood and to about age 25. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing brain."
These resources enable you to inform yourself about the dangers of vaping and tobacco use. They also provide tips to aid the conversations between parents and students about the dangers of using these devices.
Q: If I have questions about vaping or if I want to find resources about how to quit, who do I ask?
A: MASD nurses and counselors are eager to assist students with these questions!