Youth vaping drops sharply for second year, new data shows
The latest survey showed that Puff Bars, which sells a variety of flavors, is the most popular brand among young people, with 26% of regular high school e-cigarette users reporting Puff as “their usual brand.” Other popular brands include Vuse (10.8%) and SMOK (9.6%), while only 5.7% said their usual brand is Juul.
This change reflects a loophole in federal regulations that allowed the sale of flavors in disposable electronic cigarettes while banning their use in refillable cartridge devices sold by companies like Juul. The loophole has spurred an increase in disposable product sales and popularity among disposable brands, most notably Puff Bars.
In 2021, disposables were the most commonly used, by around 53% of young people who vaped, followed by refillable or pre-filled cartridges at 28.7%. A year ago, these numbers were essentially reversed, with pre-filled pods and cartridges leading and disposables second.
The new issues have renewed calls to close the loophole and ban flavors for all devices, including disposables.
“Today’s investigation results indicate clear steps the FDA must take to end the epidemic of e-cigarettes in young people for good: it must eliminate all flavored e-cigarettes, including flavored products. menthol, ”said Matthew L. Myers, campaign chair for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit advocacy organization.
The CDC and the FDA, which regulate e-cigarettes and tobacco products, have pointed out that year-over-year comparisons are complicated by changes in data collection: in 2021, due to the pandemic , the responses of the young people were collected entirely electronically, via online questionnaires. , when the data had already been collected through classroom surveys.
Ms Koval and other public health advocates said the change in methodology could have meant that some young people were answering questionnaires at home – with their parents – which could have caused them to be less truthful than in previous years.
But the the data has far-reaching implications for policy decisions currently before the FDA. too bad, by creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.