Teens Embrace E-Cigarettes and Pot, But Not Smoking
Among young Americans, rates of vaping and marijuana use are on the upswing, while cigarette smoking and the misuse of opioid pain relievers are declining, according to the National Institutes of Health’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey. These findings were just reported by the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
Monitoring the Future is an annual survey involving 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in schools throughout the United States. One of three major surveys supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provide data on substance use among youth, it is conducted each year by researchers at the University of Michigan.
The results of this year’s survey, which was taken at the beginning of 2017, raise significant concerns about vaping devices, also called electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. It shows that 27.8 percent of 12th graders reported vaping in the previous year, that research suggests many teens don't know what’s in the device, and that not all e-cigarette labeling is consistent or accurate.