SEVERE WX : Wind Advisory - Winter Storm Warning - Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

The rate of teen vaping has doubled within two years, new research finds

An outbreak of lung disease among vapers has sparked concerns and questions about e-cigarettes. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains what vapers are really inhaling.

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 3:26 AM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 3:34 AM


The rates of eighth, 10th and 12th graders who use e-cigarettes continued to rise this year and doubled from 2017 to 2019, according to research released Wednesday.

In 2019, one in four 12th grade students said they vaped within the previous 30 days, as well as one in five students in 10th grade and one in 11 in eighth, research published in the New England Journal of Medicine says.

There were also significant increases from 2018 to 2019 in the numbers of students who said they had vaped during the previous 12 months and who had ever vaped.

"Current efforts by the vaping industry, government agencies, and schools have thus far proved insufficient to stop the rapid spread of nicotine vaping among adolescents," researchers wrote. "Of particular concern are the accompanying increases in the proportions of youth who are physically addicted to nicotine, an addiction that is very difficult to overcome once established."

Growing concern for kids

Hundreds of e-cigarette users in the US have been sickened with mysterious vaping-related lung illnesses, many of them young people. Investigators haven't yet identified the cause of the illnesses.

The National Institutes of Health say the annual results of the Monitoring the Future Survey were released early this year to notify public health officials working to curb vaping among teens.

"With 25% of 12th graders, 20% of 10th graders and 9% of eighth graders now vaping nicotine within the past month, the use of these devices has become a public health crisis," said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which funds the survey. "These products introduce the highly addictive chemical nicotine to these young people and their developing brains, and I fear we are only beginning to learn the possible health risks and outcomes for youth."

Seven deaths so far

This week, a California man became the seventh person to die from a vaping-related illness in the US.

Vaping-related illness recently killed another person in California, plus one person each in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon, officials have reported.

In light of the lung injury outbreaks, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activated its Emergency Operations Center, the agency announced. Researchers are now looking into 280 cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarettes in 36 states and the US Virgin Island, they have said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 139355

Reported Deaths: 1904
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah29403466
Washington19370183
Marion16840250
Clackamas12186142
Lane8850113
Jackson723497
Umatilla702874
Deschutes528341
Yamhill333851
Linn322950
Malheur321755
Polk259940
Klamath256848
Josephine186836
Benton184614
Douglas180547
Jefferson173925
Union115817
Wasco112723
Columbia108218
Lincoln104417
Coos102116
Hood River99423
Morrow96810
Clatsop7185
Crook66914
Baker5835
Tillamook3732
Curry3275
Lake2605
Grant2171
Harney1906
Wallowa1003
Gilliam531
Sherman480
Wheeler201
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3235045

Reported Deaths: 38268
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles108548815614
San Bernardino2685421719
Riverside2668492970
Orange2391752768
San Diego2300662421
Santa Clara991741278
Kern91119591
Fresno863361084
Sacramento846531194
Alameda71298906
Ventura67066546
San Joaquin60545844
Contra Costa55593492
Stanislaus49500803
Tulare43574542
Monterey38434261
San Mateo34510356
San Francisco30734293
Santa Barbara27149267
Solano27141118
Imperial25745510
Merced25743332
Sonoma25160251
Kings20223161
Placer18034188
San Luis Obispo17151161
Madera14068175
Santa Cruz13088136
Marin12067166
Yolo11276146
Shasta10144132
Butte9865136
El Dorado824566
Sutter812984
Napa807050
Lassen530916
San Benito523851
Yuba522730
Tehama456446
Tuolumne351241
Nevada339473
Mendocino332236
Amador307433
Lake272932
Humboldt265227
Glenn202822
Colusa19079
Calaveras171323
Siskiyou150413
Mono11454
Inyo105329
Del Norte8783
Plumas6185
Modoc3924
Mariposa3575
Trinity3065
Sierra950
Alpine740
Unassigned00
Medford
Partly Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 44°
Brookings
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 34°
Medford
Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 10°
Feels Like: 44°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
47° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 44°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
38° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 27°
Rain and snow continue for Wednesday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events