Healthy Living: US Surgeon General says vaping up 900% among high school teens

Vaping is meant to be an alternative for adults who are trying to stop smoking cigarettes, but it’s now an alarming new trend.

A recent U.S. Surgeon General report found that since 2011, e-cigarette use among high school students has increased 900 percent.

1-point-7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days before taking the 2016 national youth tobacco survey.

500 thousand middle school students said the same.

The trend is now accelerating among teens.

A new generation of easily hidden devices emit so little smoke that some students are even vaping in class.

“The most popular item, which is the juul. As you can see, it looks like a flash drive, it’s not. And then the kids can just tuck it away when they’re done,” said Francis Thompson, Principal of Jonathan Law High School.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned that some companies are targeting and marketing e-cigarettes and vaping products to teenagers.

“No kid should be using any tobacco product. We’re going to be taking some enforcement actions very soon to target companies that we think are marketing products in ways that they are deliberately appealing to kids,” said Scott Gottlieb, A commissioner for the FDA.

Here in California, vape products are treated like tobacco products, subject to the same taxes and restrictions as big tobacco companies.

You must be 21 to buy vaping products and there’s a concession for active military members who can still purchase these products at age 18.

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