The American vaping community has been bombarded lately with nasty press releases and ugly news stories claiming that the CDC, the FDA, and even the U.S. Surgeon General believe teen e-cig use is on the rise. These agencies also often promote the notion that vaping is a gateway to teen smoking, which is also a gateway to teen drinking and drug use.
What these agencies are not telling the American People is that current data shows that teen use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco & even electronic cigarettes is plummeting to an all-time low.
Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a study entitled Monitoring the Future which surveyed nearly 50,000 students of middle and high school age. And what they discovered is a happy surprise for this holiday season.
Results of the Monitoring the Future study on drugs, alcohol, and smoking
- Students were randomly selected from 372 different schools across the Continental United States.
- 17,643 Eighth Graders, 15,230 high school sophomores, and 12,600 seniors completed the surveys.
- 26.6% claimed to have experimented with vaping at least once. This figure is down from 29.9% last year.
- Eighth grade students currently using e-cigs daily dropped from 8% to 6.2%.
- High school sophomores currently using e-cigs daily dropped from 14.2% to 11%.
- High school seniors currently using e-cigs daily dropped from 16.3% to 12.5%.
- Eighth grade students’ daily smoking rates dropped to 6.2% from 8% in 2015.
- High school sophomores’ daily smoking rates dropped to 11% from 14.2%.
- High school seniors’ daily smoking rates dropped to 12.5% from 16.3% the year before and from 36.5% in the mid 1990’s.
- In 1994, 46.8% of Eighth Graders admitted to using alcohol within the past year. In 2016, this number is only 17.6%.
- The percentage of alcohol-using sophomores dropped to 38% from 65.3% at its peak in 2000.
- For high school seniors, alcohol use dropped sharply to 55.6% from 75% in 1997.
- Fewer teens are also engaging in binge drinking and illicit drug use, too. Current numbers are dropping to record lows across all age groups.
The report was released within days of the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issuing a public declaration on teen vaping, stating “e-cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults is now a major public health concern.” If the statistics provided by the Monitoring for the Future study are correct, then Murthy is completely off base and owes the American People an apology.