Vaping, e-cigarettes aren't a 'gateway' to teen smoking, study says

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Federal regulators are expected to unveil new restrictions on e-cigarettes in an effort to reduce youth use of the products.

"The type of young person today who is experimenting with nicotine vaping products is very different from the crowd that was heavily experimenting with cigarettes in past years", he said.

It is illegal in all states for people under 18 to purchase e-cigarettes, and some states have raised that age to 21. "We are taking aggressive action to make sure the decades of progress we've made to combat tobacco addiction is not undone by a sharp rise in e-cigarette use among younger New Yorkers".

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fingers vaping as the primary culprit in an outbreak of severe lung illnesses resulting in almost three dozen deaths nationally, and climbing.

The researchers estimate almost 1 million students use e-cigarettes daily.

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. Just 6% of high schoolers reported having smoked a cigarette in the last month - a decrease from last year's survey.

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Now it appears, according to Bloomberg, that there may be some more exemptions to the flavor ban.

"Spatarella agreed. "The preferences [of teens] for flavors is shifting", she said, with users "'graduating" from candy or fruit flavors to more "grown-up' flavors, such as menthol and mint".

Because the students surveyed were asked questions in spring of 2019, the study showed how students used e-cigarettes before Juul's ban. 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.

Among high schooler students, more than half said they mostly used flavors that are still being sold.

Juul is the most popular e-cigarette used by USA teenagers - the term "juuling " has become synonymous with the use of e-cigarettes - but it's not the only one.

While New York's high school student smoking rate dropped from 27.1 percent in 2000 to a record low of 4.3 percent in 2016, aggressive marketing promoting flavored e-cigarettes stands to turn that trend.

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