‘It’s The Athletes. It’s The Nerds. It’s Everybody’: Vaping Is A Culture For Teens, Which Can Make Addiction Harder To Break

“It’s infiltrated every social clique, every type of person knows someone — or maybe they are that person — who is vaping,” said Phoebe Chambers, a junior at a Maryland high school. Meanwhile, a study finds that although vaping has seen a sharp rise among young people, the same trend isn’t reflected in adults. In other news: an update on the deaths related to the vaping illness, local bans, and more.

NPR: High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard To Shake As Addiction, Teens Say When Will tried his first vape during his sophomore year, he didn’t know what to expect. It was just something he had vaguely heard about at school. “I just sort of remember using it a bunch of times, like in a row,” he says. “And there’s this huge buzz-sensation-like head rush. And I just … didn’t really stop.” Will kept vaping nicotine addictively for the next year and a half. He was part of a trend. Teens’ use of e-cigarettes has doubled since 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, with 1 in 4 high school seniors reporting use of a vape in the past month. (Yu, 10/14)

CNN: Vaping Is Increasing Among Younger People — But Not So For Older Adults, Study Says Vaping, often described as an “epidemic” in middle and high schools, was not significantly different among adults in the United States in 2014 vs. 2018, according to survey results published Monday. However, those numbers had been declining from 2014 to 2017, preceding an uptick largely attributable to the increasing popularity of vaping among 18- to 24-year-olds. In that age group, prevalence of e-cigarette use rose from 5.2% in 2017 to 7.6% in 2018. (Nedelman, 10/14)

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