The use of e-cigarette is on the rise in the US, especially among teens. A new survey shows that about 24% of high school student vape and around 11% use it daily. The research tells that around half of those teens want to quit, but the cessation programs are not accessible to all, as well as not proven effective. The research was published a few months ago in JAMA Pediatrics.
Teens who use e-cigarettes are at great risk of developing nicotine addiction and can move to other vaping devices and nicotine products. Every year, the numbers of high school students opting for electronic cigarettes are increasing and if the numbers continue to grow in the same fashion, this could become a big problem. CDC released a similar report, which shows that the use of e-cig among middle school students increased by 47% and 77% in the high school students, during the same period.
Many adults and Adolescents use vaping to release stress or they are addicted physically and mentally, so it is quite difficult for them to quit vaping. They have to face a number of hurdles and begin unable to access the cessation programs is one of those hurdles. You can’t expect young children to give up an addiction on their own, without experts’ help.
According to Osita Onugha, MD, thoracic surgeon, one main hurdle for the teens who want to quit vaping is peer pressure. Vaping is now somewhat of a social addiction, people consider it cool to smoke around friends and being seen as a rebel. They develop a social status with their peers and they find it difficult to give it up.
But, this phenomenon of being influenced by a peer group is not new; peer pressure and smoking are related for decades. The risk for teens to begin smoking is very high if they have friends who smoke, according to a 2017 meta-analysis. In the analysis, data were included from 16 countries, showing that it is a global issue.
Many teens get a misconception that vaping is not as harmful as cigarettes or it does not contain nicotine, however, it is not true. It is marketed in a way that makes teens believe that is not harmful.