Vaping among teenagers dropped sharply in the second year, new data shows
The latest survey found that puff bars, which sell a variety of flavors, are the most popular brand among youngsters. 26 percent of regular high school e-cigarette users named Puff as “their usual brand.” Other popular brands are Vuse (10.8 percent) and SMOK (9.6 percent), while only 5.7 percent said their usual brand is Juul.
This change reflects a loophole in state regulations that allowed flavors to be sold in single-use e-cigarettes while banned in pods go into refillable cartridge-based devices that companies like Juul sell. The void led to a surge in single-use sales and popularity among single-use brands, particularly puff bars.
In 2021, disposables were the most used by around 53 percent of teenagers who vape, followed by refillable or pre-filled cartridges at 28.7 percent. A year ago, those numbers were essentially flipped, with pre-filled capsules and cartridges in first place and disposables in second place.
The new numbers renewed calls to fill the void and ban flavors for all devices, including single-use items.
“Today’s survey results suggest clear action the FDA must take to end the youth e-cigarette epidemic for good: Eliminate all flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol-flavored products,” said Matthew L. Myers , President of the Tobacco-Free Kids Campaign, a non-profit advocacy group.
The CDC and the FDA, which regulates e-cigarettes and tobacco products, emphasized that year-to-year comparisons are made more difficult by changes in data collection: in 2021, the responses of adolescents due to the pandemic were recorded completely electronically via online questionnaires, while the data previously in classroom surveys were collected.
Ms. Koval and other public health advocates said the methodology change could be meant that some teenagers answered questionnaires at home – in the presence of their parents – which could lead to them being less truthful than in previous years.
But the Data has a significant impact on policy decisions currently before the FDA, the agency decides which e-cigarette companies can stay in the market after assessing whether their products bring greater public benefit – by helping smokers with the Quitting smoking – as harm by creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.