Health officials are reporting yet another side effect of the pandemic: The use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students has risen dramatically over the past year.
The Food and Drug Administration reports more than 2 million students are currently smoking vapes regularly, with 8 in 10 of them using flavored e-cigarettes.
“This study shows that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, e-cigarette use among youth remains a serious public health concern,” says Karen Hacker, director of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention. “It’s critical we continue working together to protect young people from the risks associated with tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes.”
Still, aren’t e-cigarettes better than real cigarettes?