Decrease in Teen Vaping Attributed to Pandemic
Vaping among middle and high school students dropped significantly over the past year, a decline that researchers attribute to many students being forced to stay home during the pandemic. Health experts said that teens who typically use e-cigarettes often do so in social gatherings. Those gatherings were limited because of COVID-19. In the national survey, 11 percent of high school students said they recently used electronic cigarettes. That percentage is down from 20 percent the previous year. Vaping among middle school students dropped from 5 percent to 3 percent. E-cigarette use remains a serious public health concern, CDC specialist Karen Hacker said, indicating that about 2 million U.S. teens and adolescents regularly vape.