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A Dramatic Rise in Vaping Among Teens

More than one in 10 eighth graders said they vaped in the past year, while 37.3 percent of 12th graders said they had done so.
More than one in 10 eighth graders said they vaped in the past year, while 37.3 percent of 12th graders said they had done so.

A new study finds vaping of e-cigarettes among teens is up dramatically. The survey of substance use among high school students shows 21 percent of seniors have recently vaped, compared to 11 percent just a year prior.

Now the Federal Drug Administration is calling out e-cigarette companies for marketing to teens. The FDA commissioner pointed to e-cigarette giant Juul as one of the main culprits, saying the company's candy-flavored products appeal to young people. But the FDA has not gone as far as an outright ban on e-cigarette flavoring.

While e-cigarette companies face scrutiny from the FDA, there is new research that vaping may help adults quit smoking. In a study of 900 patients, e-cigarettes were more effective than nicotine gums and patches as a smoking cessation aid. Lead researcher on the study Dr. Peter Hajeck says many people do keep vaping and they should have a plan to eventually get off e-cigarettes, but at least the risks are considered lower than with tobacco use.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss vaping are University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Associate Professor and Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Julian Guitron; Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President and CEO Ben Chandler; and Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association Founder and CEO Ray Story.

Ben Chandler will speak at the next Northern Kentucky Forum Café Thursday February 28 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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