When asked what it was that attracted them to vaping, most young adults answered that it was simple curiosity that led them to e-cigarettes. Flavored vapes or e-liquid was the response of around 22% of respondents, which was about the same percentage of teens who said they enjoyed vaping because they could do tricks.
The top four reasons youth gave why they started vaping according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey:
“I was curious about them” (55.3%)
“Friend or family member used them” (30.8%)
“They are available in flavors, such as mint, caramel, fruit or chocolate” (22.4%)
“I can use them to do tricks” (21.2%)
The children are fine, the parents not so much
The NYTS has been researching youth smoking patterns since 1999. The results come at a time when public perception of vaping and e-cigarettes is at an all-time low. Last summer, EVALI, or the lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes and vaping, hospitalized thousands and left more than 50 dead.
EVALI was preceded by a significant increase in teen vaping, in which some public health experts took the extraordinary step of labeling an “epidemic.” Much of the blame for such high teen vaping rates was attributed to so-called “flavored” e-liquids that were supposedly created to entice young people to vape.
The flavors and marketing practices that make e-cigarettes attractive and fashionable were the two mainstays many parents, health experts, and government Heets IQOS Dubai
officials blamed for vaping soaring among young people. Of course, none of these concerned groups bothered to ask young people why they vaped. They just projected their theories onto them.
Up to now.
Too little too late?
The publication of the results of the NYTS occurs after:
The FDA imposed a partial ban on flavored vape cartridges, excluding menthol and tobacco.
Eight states (Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington) have proposed banning flavored cartridges
Three states – Rhode Island, Utah, Washington – already have bans in place, while bans in other states are currently fighting legal challenges.
The New York State Supreme Court recently granted an injunction to prevent a proposed ban on flavored vaporizers from taking effect. Governor Cuomo said he would introduce a bill in the state legislature to ban the flavors anyway, citing “unscrupulous vaping companies” that “target” teens with flavors.
Despite the publication of not one but two CDC studies, the other blaming the EVALI outbreak directly on vitamin E acetate, directly contradicting the hysteria surrounding the past few months, the media has not made a tweet about it. . Elected officials, concerned parent groups and public health experts have also not commented on the CDC’s findings.
But of course, all stakeholders in the vaping debate did not comment on the CDC’s findings. Doing so would mean rolling back all your now-defunct arguments about evil vaping companies trying to get your kids addicted to nicotine with flavors like cotton candy and gum.
It seems strange that people believed that only teenagers are attracted to tasty things, as if taste buds disappear as we get older. Isn’t it possible that adults also enjoy cotton candy and gum? Or do adults only eat or drink things that taste like tobacco and menthol?
Will colder heads prevail?
The three states that have flavor bans in effect do not say how long the bans will last. The CDC also reported that EVALI cases have decreased. However, the agency still warns young people and pregnant women not to use vaping.
Juul has already restricted the sale of all of its flavor pods except for the menthol and tobacco flavors, so it is unknown when Mango and Creme Brulee will be back in the mix. While the FDA instituted a ban on all flavors, the law applies only to pre-filled cartridges, because apparently children don’t like open tank systems.
There was a lot of talk about how “flavors” were what attracted kids to vaping. It was talked about as if it were fact. No one presented any evidence that this was the case, and now that there is evidence, no one is talking about it. The reasoning that some flavored vape cartridges