Notes from the Field: Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2012

25 Sep

A while back I wrote about the hypocrisy of Jenny McCarthy, formerly anti-toxin, touting smoking through her paid gig with an e-cigarette company. “All the fun and none of the guilt of having a cigarette” she says in one ad. Smoking=fun. And sexy.

I wasn’t aware of the e-cigarette defenders out there when I wrote the article. But when the site got a lot of traffic I did something I almost never do, I checked the links that were drawing people to the site. I found discussions like “go fill up the comments” and more from e-cigarette defenders.

And fill up the comments they did.

One theme came up again and again: there’s no evidence that American youth are being drawn to e-cigarettes. There were more themes, including clear lying by e-cigarette defenders.

Now there is. A CDC MMWR came out recently Notes from the Field: Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2012. My guess is that the e-cig defenders will conveniently leave this out of their faux-knowledgeable online defenses of their passion.

E-cigarette experimentation and recent use doubled among U.S. middle and high school students during 2011–2012, resulting in an estimated 1.78 million students having ever used e-cigarettes as of 2012. Moreover, in 2012, an estimated 160,000 students who reported ever using e-cigarettes had never used conventional cigarettes. This is a serious concern because the overall impact of e-cigarette use on public health remains uncertain. In youths, concerns include the potential negative impact of nicotine on adolescent brain development (4), as well as the risk for nicotine addiction and initiation of the use of conventional cigarettes or other tobacco products.


By Matt Carey

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5 Responses to “Notes from the Field: Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2012”

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