Young adults prefer e-cigarettes according to a new federal report. Almost 12 percent of American adults have tried an e-cigarette at least once this year and 21 percent of the ones between ages 18 and 24 have made the list according to a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The same survey shows that half of the current smokers who attempted to kick the habit within the last year tried an electronic cigarette and, out of those, 20 percent are e-cigarette smokers now.
Although the researchers found that the usage of these devices is in a general decline and that most of the people using them had been smokers before trying them, the e-cigarettes do seem to be more popular with the younger demographics.
The percentage of people that had never tried cigarettes but had taken up the habit of smoking e-cigarettes was 3.2 percent and 9.7 percent of that number, representing the highest group in this case, was that of young adults with ages between 18 and 24 years. Scientists consider this a high and concerning percentage.
It isn’t hard to see why it is disconcerting: young people between 18 and 24 years of age that have never smoked before, have started using e-cigarettes in the past year. Besides the fact that they make up 9.7 percent of the people who have started smoking using e-cigarettes, specialists are also worried about the lack of data about the long term effects of electronic cigarette smoking.
Being a relatively new invention, the e-cigarette hasn’t been in use for long enough to properly study any long term concerning aspects of the product.
It was also found that 13 percent of middle school and high school students have experimented with electronic cigarettes or tried them at least once. This might indicate that “vaping”, as is the urban term for smoking and e-cigarette, might be a social trend that affects mostly the younger generation.
Although e-cigarettes have helped some regular smokers either quit smoking or switch to what is considered a less dangerous and destructive way of smoking, some tobacco control advocates claim that the electronic cigarettes are marketed to target new users, particularly young users at that, and may eventually lead to them taking up regular cigarette smoking.
According to a recent NPR-Truven Health Analytics health poll, there is a consistent public support for the regulation of e-cigarettes by the responsible federal authorities. It remains to be seen if and when new regulations will be set into place and whether they will be effective in the long run or not.