Thursday, December 17, 2020

High School Seniors Vaping Less While Smoking, Drinking, Getting Drunk More


Just-released 2020 Monitoring the Future survey results (here) indicate that all forms of vaping among high school seniors declined (as seen in chart at left), even as alcohol use, getting drunk, and cigarette smoking all increased.

Prior to this year, the rate of current smoking (i.e., past 30 days) had been on a precipitous decline.  Smoking rates fell by half from 2015 to 2019, from 11.4% to 5.7%.  Unfortunately, smoking rose to 7.5% in 2020.  At the same time, general vaping declined from 31% to 28%, and nicotine vaping also dropped.

Past 30-day alcohol increased from 29% to 33%, accompanied by a similar rise in getting drunk.  The only good news for intoxicating drugs was a single percentage point decline in marijuana use.

Last year the Monitoring the Future survey reported JUUL use for the first time, noting that it was used by 20.8% of high school seniors.  JUUL use this year plummeted by almost 40%, to 12.9%.

Flavored products continue to be vaped far less frequently than marijuana and nicotine offerings, suggesting that teens vape primarily to get a buzz. 

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