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Teen Vaping on the Rise

Catholic Charities’ Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling ministry warns that vaping has “surged” in the last year among young people from 10th to 12th grade.  Annual “Monitoring the Future” survey research showed a 10 percent increase among this age group from 2017 to 2018.  The study also indicates an increase in marijuana vaping.  The percentage of such use rose by more than half over in the last 30 days.  The author of the study, Richard Miech, said, “We need new policies and strategies, such as the FDA’s actions announced last month to curb the sales of the JUUL-branded vaping devices. Because the vaping industry is quickly evolving, new, additional, vaping-specific strategies may well be needed in the years ahead in order to keep vaping devices out of the hands of youth.”

Monitoring the Future has tracked national substance use among U.S. adolescents every year since 1975 for 12th grade students and since 1991 for 8th and 10th grade students. The survey is conducted by a team of research professors at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and is funded under a series of competitive research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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