Vape Use Is Soaring in U.S., Especially Among Younger Users

Despite the recent health scares involving vaping, e-cigarette use is booming in the U.S., with young users leading the way, UPI reports. Nearly 14 million Americans vaped in 2018, up from just over 11 million in 2016, a new study released Wednesday inJAMA Internal Medicinerevealed. "An increasing number of individuals are using e-cigarettes, especially in the younger age groups, which suggests that more individuals are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes rather than just experimenting with them, making the increased uptake among tobacco-naive individuals even more concerning," said lead researcher Dr. Olufunmilayo Obisesan. In the study, young adults aged 18 to 24 years old were the fastest-growing group to start using e-cigarettes, growing from 9 percent to 15 percent in 2018. Use also increased among people who never smoked traditional cigarettes, and among those who also drank alcohol and smoked marijuana. "The increase in e-cigarette use among individuals with other health-risk behaviors is also concerning, particularly in light of the outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injuries," Obisesan said. Read more here