What do failed quit attempts tell us about vaping among young people? Elizabeth Tracey reports

May 9, 2022


While fewer young people seem to be taking up vaping, those who have are having a hard time quitting, recent research shows. Michael Blaha, an anti-smoking advocate and cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says the very nature of the devices lend themselves to nicotine addiction.

Blaha: With the recent products on the market as far as vaping or e-cigarettes go, we’re seeing equivalent if not higher doses of nicotine being delivered, compared to traditional cigarettes, and that nicotine can be delivered sometimes even faster with modern e-cigarettes, and also the user can be in control of how much nicotine they get with many vaping delivery devices. So this is a whole new world of nicotine delivery. I think it does have a potential for greater nicotine addiction.  :26

The data come from the Monitoring the Future study, surveying 8th, 10th and 12th grade students from a national sample, and point to the need for more stringent policies regarding use of these devices by young people. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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