In the United States, e-cigarettes are very popular among young people. Due to the marketing and promotion of rich taste and multiple fruit flavors by major e-cigarette companies, they are advertised as a fashionable and less harmful alternative to combustible cigarettes. Due to the lack of clinical research, many people in the medical and public health circles are worried that they will affect the safety and health of young people. In the past few years, the e-cigarette market has grown rapidly. Therefore, active measures must be taken to protect young people from nicotine addition and other related health risks caused by e-cigarettes.
According to the 2021 Monitoring Future (MTF) survey data released by the National Institutes of Health on December 15, 2021, the use of e-cigarettes by young people has been curbed to a certain extent. The data indicates that further education is provided to prevent e-cigarette use and smoking cessation assistance Is working. However, people worry that e-cigarettes are too easy to purchase channels and additive properties will cause psychological or physical damage to young people. We need more efforts to speed up the process to end the spread and use of e-cigarettes among young people. There are data in the survey report showing that the proportion of adolescents in the eighth, tenth, and twelfth grades of nicotine use is declining.
Eighth grade students: In 2021, 12.1% of people reported taking nicotine in the past year, compared with 16.6% in 2020, a decrease of 4.5% year-on-year
Tenth grade students: 19.5% of people reported taking nicotine in the past year in 2021, down 11.2% year-on-year from 30.7% in 2020
Grade 12 students: In 2021, 26.6% of people reported taking nicotine in the past year, a decrease of 7.9% year-on-year from 34.5% in 2020
The results of the Monitoring Future (MTF) survey data are consistent with the results of the September 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), which shows that more than two-fifths of high school students regularly smoke e-cigarettes. These findings indicate that too many young people are highly dependent on and continue to face the risk of lifelong nicotine addition. US surgeons have recently made recommendations on the mental health crisis of adolescents and the fact that nicotine can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and depression. The MTF survey results also show that mental health problems have increased significantly among young people. In addition, a recent Truth Initiative survey showed that 81% of respondents who had ever smoked e-cigarettes said that they started smoking nicotine to reduce anxiety, depression or stress.