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NYU: Youth Vaping and Tobacco Use in Context in the United States

A study co-authored by Ms. Allison M. Glasser; Dr. Raymond Niaura, interim chair of the Department of Epidemiology and professor of social and behavioral sciences; and Dr. David Abrams, professor of social and behavioral sciences, at New York University School of Global Public Health, was published by Nicotine and Tobacco Research titled “Youth Vaping and Tobacco Use in Context in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey.”

According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), youth e-cigarette use (vaping) rose between 2017-2018. Yet, frequency of vaping and concurrent past 30-day (p30d) use of e-cigarettes and tobacco products had not been reported. This study uses  the 2018 NYTS to analyze the frequency of vaping, exclusive vaping, p30d poly-product use (vaping and use of one or more tobacco product), and any past tobacco product use among all students.

Findings indicate that in 2018, 81.4 percent of students had not used any tobacco or vapor product in the p30d, and 86.2 percent had not vaped in the p30d. Among the minority of students who did vape, most were not regular users (just over half vaped on ≤5 days, and roughly a quarter each vaped on 6-19 days and on 20+ days). In addition, the study reveals that most youth who were vaping were also current or former smokers. Overall, the increases in youth vaping from 2017-2018 are characterized by patterns of low p30d vaping frequency and high poly-product use, and a low prevalence of vaping among more frequent but tobacco naïve vapers, which underscores the importance of including the full context of use patterns.

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